BOGALUSA, La. -- The son of the mayor of Bogalusa has been indicted by a federal grand jury along with eight of his employees.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the group is facing mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud charges for an alleged scheme involving unemployment benefits.
The indictment says the employees submitted fraudulent unemployment claims while working for Charles "Chuck" Mizell Jr.'s company, Chamico, and Mizell signed off on the claims.
The indictment alleges Mizell would then pay the group the difference in their salaries by cashing out company checks, which saved him money.
A message left for Mizell with his father, Bogalusa Mayor Charles Mizell Sr., was not returned. The mayor did not have a comment.
James Creel, 48, William Darryl King, 47, Tenille Nielson, 34, Jacqueline Myers, 27, Jerry Athey, 56, David Lowe, 48, Terry Castilow, 48 and Roger Nadeau, 51, were also charged in the grand jury.