St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan has been charged in federal court with conspiring to steal funds from his office and to personally profit from a jail contract.
The 54-year-old Galvan is accused of plotting with another employee of the coroner's office to receive more than $111,000 in pay to which he wasn't entitled.
Galvan also is charged with individually contracting with the City of Slidell to provide medical services to inmates at the city's jail, but paying one of his employees at least $50,000 in public funds to fulfill the personal contract.
In addition, Galvan is accused of misusing a coroner's office debit card to buy thousands of dollars in meals and other personal items.
Parish President Pat Brister said in a statement that Galvan will resign next week.
“Today, we are glad that justice will be served, and the situation brought on by Dr. Galvan will be corrected,” said Brister.
“We have worked for months cooperating with the authorities to provide them the information they need to arrive at this decision. This administration and the Parish Council are eager to move forward with financial oversight of a new Coroner’s Office, a coroner’s office that the citizens of this Parish deserve," Brister said.
Galvan was first elected Coroner in 1999.
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