On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a former Louisiana police officer had pleaded guilty for his involvement in a vehicle fraud theft and insurance scheme. 52-year-old Donald W. Malray of Homer, Louisiana pleaded guilty to a single count of mail fraud conspiracy. According to the plea, Malray and an accomplice attempted to fake a vehicle and trailer theft. Then, the accused filed an insurance claim in an attempt to collect money for the supposedly stolen property.
On August 4, 2015, the defendant and an accomplice transferred an ATV and trailer to Malray’s possession after meeting in Ruston, Louisiana. Malray then told his accomplice to contact the Homer Police Department and report the items stolen. On September 8, 2015, the insurance company paid Malray’s accomplice roughly $13,000.
On January 31, 2017, law enforcement recovered the supposedly stolen items in Ruston. Malray is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2017. He currently faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release. He could also face a $250,000 fine.