KIRAN: Elected Livingston Parish official on the run turns himself in

THE INVESTIGATORS: Killian alderman accused of using town's tax code to buy washing machine

KILLIAN, La. (WAFB) - A Killian alderman who was facing a number of charges and on the run turned himself in late Friday.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were tracking Killian alderman, Blaine Lemaire, 31, who was booked into the parish’s detention center Friday at 11:30 p.m. His bond was set at $50,000

Killian alderman Blaine Lemaire turned himself in and was booked into the Livingston Parish detention center late Friday night.
Killian alderman Blaine Lemaire turned himself in and was booked into the Livingston Parish detention center late Friday night. (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

Three warrants were issued for Lemaire’s arrest in connection with the purchase of a washer from Home Depot using Killian’s tax code. Lemaire was wanted for malfeasance in office, computer fraud, and misdemeanor theft.

The computer fraud charge stems from Lemaire allegedly using a computer in Killian’s Town Hall to order the washing machine, according to a claim Killian’s mayor, Gillis Windham, says isn’t true.

“If he used a town computer, he did not go into these offices and use it. He might... you or I might be able to sit out here and be able to use our Wi-Fi from our car with a laptop or a phone. I’m not going to say somebody didn’t do that, but ain’t nobody been in these buildings and used these computers,” Windham said.

“We have the information we need to actually charge him with these charges. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be charging him,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said before Lemaire’s arrest.

The 9News Investigators had visited Lemaire’s home Friday, Oct. 4, but no one answered the door. When the 9News Investigators followed up with a call, someone claiming they were not Lemaire said Lemaire was not aware he was supposed to turn himself into authorities Friday morning. The person speaking on the phone declined to identify themselves.

“He’s very aware that he has warrants on him so I would hope that he would turn himself in,” Sheriff Ard said before his arrest. “[We] basically gave him an opportunity to avoid paying sales tax, which is illegal. You can’t do that.”

Windham said he has not seen the washer or dryer and the town has no need for one. When asked if Lemaire was still serving as an alderman, Windham noted, as an elected official, Lemaire can still be an elected official who has been jailed under Louisiana law. Lemaire could be removed with a referendum with a recall petition or if he volunteers to resign.

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