St. Tammany Parish coroner Dr. Peter Galvan makes his first court appearance today, since the federal government filed corruption charges against him.
Federal prosecutors say Galvan took sick leave he wasn't entitled to, used his coroner's office credit card to buy personal items and pay for personal meals, and billed the city of Slidell for treating inmates at the city jail, when in fact, feds say he did nothing! So how much trouble is he in?
"Well, big trouble," said Loyola School of Law professor Dane Ciolino. "Bilking taxpayers for hundreds of thousand of dollars is a very serious federal offense."
The charges filed at federal court say Galvan conspired with two others, who haven't been named. Galvan's promise to cooperate with prosecutors here at federal court will go a long way to reducing the amount of trouble he's in.
"He has entered into a plea agreement under which his sentence is going to be capped at a statutory maximum of five years," Ciolino explained.