ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. -- Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan will have to pay $193,000 in restitution after parish officials dropped a request to seek more money through federal court, instead opting to ask a state district judge to hear the request as part of an existing lawsuit.
Galvan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to steal governmental funds in October 2013 and then resigned from office as part of a plea deal.
He was expected to have a restitution hearing Wednesday at 2 p.m., but St. Tammany Parish officials withdrew a request in federal court and will instead ask a state court.
The parish, as part of its lawsuit, could ask the state court to grant an additional $200,000 more than what was originally agreed upon in Galvan's plea deal in October 2013.
U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan approved the request, effectively cancelling the hearing and setting the restitution at $193,000 for now.
"This strategic move to go after restitution more aggressively will allow St. Tammany to conduct discovery, interview individuals connected to the case, and potentially seek more damages than originally sought in federal court," the parish government said in a news release issued Monday afternoon.
Galvan received more than $100,000 of improper sick and vacation leave along with more than $30,000 in personal purchases with office funds and coroner credit cards. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison after he pleaded guilty. He is expected to begin serving his time on April 11.