It’s not looking good for the brother of JBE, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards. The FBI is now looking into some of the allegations of corruption in that department.
Earlier this year as The Hayride reported several employees were arrested for running a bail bonds scam out of the sheriff’s office. Well, these allegations have peaked the interest of the FBI and now they’re investigating.
From The Advocate:
The FBI has launched an investigation into a fraudulent bail-bond scheme within the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, bringing fresh federal scrutiny to the administration of Sheriff Daniel Edwards.
The bureau, which recently raided the Sheriff’s Office here, has taken over a criminal probe that began at the local level last year after authorities intercepted jailhouse phone calls relating to the illegal bonds, according to two senior law enforcement officials and records obtained by The Advocate.
The FBI is said to be pursuing bribery charges against several Sheriff’s Office employees implicated in the scheme, including a sergeant who supervised the agency’s Criminal Records Division.
Of course, this isn’t the scandal involving the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. The FBI is looking into the office to determine any involvement they had with former deputies stealing cash and drugs from suspects as part of a Federal anti-drug task force.
Federal authorities have been knee-deep in the Sheriff’s Office in recent months following a mid-December raid in which dozens of agents descended on Edwards’ office, as well as that of the Hammond Police Department, and spent nearly 24 hours copying files and computer hard drives and questioning employees. The search stemmed from a broadening U.S. Justice Department investigation into a New Orleans-based federal narcotics task force that included several former Tangipahoa Parish deputies, including two charged with stealing drugs and cash from suspects.
That probe has rocked the New Orleans field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and resulted in a host of leadership and policy changes, and it’s caused the government to bring in special prosecutors to handle cases that may have been tainted by the agents under investigation.
It’s just not looking good for the brother of JBE. It looks he’s running a very crooked department. With a new U.S. Attorney coming in soon, they could be additional focus into some of the long-running rumors of corruption.
JBE might want to get his pardon pen ready for his brother.