Former Brusly police chief appears for pre-trial conference

Former Brusly Police Chief appears for pre-trial conference

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A former police chief made another court appearance Monday related to a number of felony charges he is facing.

Jamie Whaley, the former police chief of Brusly, was in court in West Baton Rouge Parish for a pre-trial conference. He is accused of stealing seven department-issued guns and transferring them to firearms dealers. He is also suspected of falsifying checks.

Normally, these types of hearings are held to try to reach a resolution in a case before it goes to trial. There has been no word on exactly what happened during the hearing.

Whaley was arrested in January 2014 on theft and malfeasance charges for using a police department fuel card to put gas in his personal car. In April, he resigned and pleaded guilty to malfeasance.

Then, just two months later, he was arrested again. Those charges included malfeasance, theft and forgery. The charges stem from an investigation by the Louisiana Inspector General and FBI.

Whaley is accused of misappropriating seven firearms owned by the town of Brusly. Officials stated the guns are worth more than $1,000. Whaley is also suspected of stealing $600 from the police department's auxiliary account. According to an affidavit, he forged two checks.

He had no comment as he left the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison on June 11. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and forfeiting his passport.

Whaley pleaded guilty on April 17, 2014 to one count of malfeasance in office. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Whaley turned himself in to police on Jan. 23, 2014 after a joint investigation by the FBI and Louisiana Inspector General revealed he allegedly had been using his department issued gas card for personal use.

According to the IG's investigation, Whaley filled up his personal vehicle and boat on 29 separate occasions between Jan. 2, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014. The purchases totaled $1,122.75.

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