COVID-19 Stimulus Funding And Money That Had Been Seized By The Louisiana Police Chief Had Been Stolen

COVID-19 Stimulus Funding And Money That Had Been Seized By The Louisiana Police Chief Had Been Stolen

Taking money collected in drug investigations and stealing a family’s COVID-19 stimulus money, leaving them homeless, led to the conviction of a small-town police chief in Louisiana, authorities said on Monday.

COVID-19 Stimulus Funding And Money That Had Been Seized By The Louisiana Police Chief Had Been Stolen

According to a news release from the state Attorney General’s office, a jury last week convicted Mitch Bratton guilty of misconduct in public office, felony theft, and possession of controlled hazardous narcotics. Recently, Bratton was re-elected as Grayson’s police chief. Grayson is a community in Caldwell Parish, south of Monroe, with slightly over 500 residents.

It is unknown if Bratton is now the police chief. It was impossible to reach Grayson or the local police department for comment right away.

According to the press release, Bratton was personally accountable for more than $10,000 in drug money that vanished between 2016 and 2019 while he was working as chief of police.

In addition, Bratton was found guilty of one count of felony theft for taking money from a mother and boy while being arrested.

“That money was their COVID stimulus and had been set aside for home expenses. As a result of this theft, that family was unable to pay their bills, lost their home, and are still homeless to this day,” the press release stated.

State Police discovered Xanax and Suboxone loose inside his car during a search, according to the Attorney General’s office. These drugs were from unreported drug cases.

On September 19, Bratton will be sentenced. For each count, he may spend up to five years behind bars.

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