Other irregularities uncovered in investigation of former Baker fire chief

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – He is already facing serious allegations, but Louisiana State Police detectives are now working to determine if former Baker Fire Chief Christopher Hunt has stole more money from taxpayers.

Just days after the former Hunt quit after being caught up in allegations he stole tens of thousands of taxpayers’ money through payroll fraud, 9News investigators have learned that state investigators believed it was possible he stole even more money. A warrant shows the former chief claimed more than 300 overtime hours between January and August 2021, paid around $22,000.

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“He used computer software to manipulate the actual overtime codes whether he was working or not working and that’s how we were able to claim the overtime,” spokesperson Taylor Scrantz said. of the LSP.

A source familiar with the matter said the LSP of 9News investigators is currently going through those timesheets after identifying even more irregularities. WAFB’s Scottie Hunter asked an LSP rep if their latest review could extend beyond the initial 8-month period, but they said it was part of the ongoing investigation. Asked about the allegations last week, Baker City District Attorney Kenneth Fabre said they were working with police and planned to recover the money.

“If a crime was committed, money was stolen from the town of Baker. We intend to recover it,” Fabre said.

Hunt has been under investigation since October, when soldiers were made aware of the alleged payroll fraud. Through their work, detectives say they determined that Hunt had rigged his timesheets using computer software, making changes to the system that allowed him to be paid for the hours he didn’t have. worked. Hunt took time off in October after discovering he was under investigation. He resigned a few days before turning into a policeman.

It is unclear how long the LSP’s current review of these timesheets will take. Once completed, everything will be turned over to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.

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