NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A state board has ordered former New Orleans Police Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo to stop operating a private company that manages lucrative security details.
The Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners opened an investigation following a Times-Picayune article that revealed Defillo's consulting company was offering security services on film sets.
Security details must be worked by sworn law enforcement officers. Defillo obtained a badge from a city constable, but the examiners group says Defillo lacks a necessary license from their group.
Defillo's attorney, Daniel Davillier, said he and his client are trying to gauge whether the board's set of rules "is even applicable" to Defillo's work. "I've advised him not to have the company operate till we get clarification," Davillier said.
Meanwhile, the Times-Picayune reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/yA3kkr ) that Defillo's company employed a New Orleans police officer, violating Police Department rules. A police spokeswoman said the department's Public Integrity Bureau will investigate.
The security examiners' board licenses and regulates companies that handle security, requiring them to meet requirements ranging from training and uniform standards to insurance and bonding benchmarks.
The board tried to serve Defillo with a cease-and-desist order Feb. 16 at City Hall. Defillo refused to sign or acknowledge it, records show.
"If we catch him working again, working security, we would go into court and ask for injunctive relief," said Wayne Rogillio, the board's executive secretary.
Defillo also faces a $500 fine for not being licensed, and he must undergo an administrative hearing in which the board's executive committee would rule on his case, Rogillio said. Until then, he added, Defillo cannot offer any kind of security service.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com