A Lafayette Parish grand jury has issued seven more indictments against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope, claiming that he violated state law when he used his department’s funds to pay more than $13,000 in legal fees stemming from the existing seven indictments against him.
A Louisiana Attorney General’s opinion issued in January stated that Pope was not allowed to use his department’s funds, to include fines and other monies collected, to pay for his legal defense costs.
According to the indictments, Pope paid personal fees from office funds on seven occasions after the AG opinion was issued on Jan. 28. 15th Judicial District Court District Attorney Keith Stutes had requested the opinion.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Pope. Bond is set for $5,000 on each of the seven counts.
Pope is already scheduled to go to trial later this month on perjury and malfeasance charges.