MARRERO, La. (AP) — The state Board of Ethics has filed charges against outgoing Jefferson Parish 2nd District Constable Antoine Thomassie for allegedly using public money for food, entertainment and other personal expenses, and for hiring his wife in violation of state laws against nepotism.

Thomassie, who lives in Marrero, lost his bid for re-election earlier this month. He has been a constable on the West Bank since 1987.

In March, Thomassie's house was raided by state auditors and Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies after the Metropolitan Crime Commission filed a complaint with the state Legislative Auditor's Office.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) the board will hold a hearing in the coming weeks at which Thomassie will be asked to answer the charges of illegally hiring his wife and spending public funds.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,


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