TERREBONNE PARISH, La. - Former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois may have violated state law by receiving more than $17,000 over his established state salary, according to a state audit released Monday morning.
According to the audit, some of the money was spent on questionable fuel charges on his trips to see the New Orleans Saints play in Dallas and Atlanta, four LSU football games, including the 2011 Cotton Bowl, and fuel for a camper to attend a race in Talladega, Alabama.
The former sheriff may have violated the state constitution and/or state law by not seizing or selling the property of the Baby Oil Company to pay more than $394,000 in delinquent property taxes for 2009 through 2012 and by providing security details for Nicholls State University road football games, the audit said.
The audit also said Bourgeois improperly paid about $1,000 to 12 deputies for 53 hours of work, the same hours they were being paid by a television production company for work on the television series “Cajun Justice.”
Copies of the audit were turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office and Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office.