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Louisiana police officer arrested for being on-duty for two different departments at the same time

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47-year-old Joseph Johnson
47-year-old Joseph Johnson


Joseph Johnson, a well-known law enforcement officer in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, is accused of fraudulently claiming work hours for two different departments — in Bunkie and in Cottonport.

According to KLFY, on several occasions, Johnson claimed to be on duty at both departments at the same time. Johnson was paid by both departments, for those supposed hours, through payroll checks.

State police launched an investigation back in December when the police chief in Bunkie contacted the LSP Bureau of Investigation for assistance –regarding a complaint against Johnson.

He was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with “malfeasance in office” and 30 counts of payroll fraud.

Johnson is also an officer with the 12th Judicial District’s Families In Need of Services (FINS) office. However, the FINS position is not involved in the complaint that led to the arrest, according to local media.

Johnson was booked into the local jail, but later released on $5,000 bond.

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