Concerns about Bay St. Louis payroll investigation grow

Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 1:46 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2016 at 6:23 PM CDT
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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - On the day Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo was laid to rest, questions continue to grow surrounding a payroll fraud investigation.

The city council met Thursday night to discuss the budget, but some residents were hoping to hear more about the city-wide investigation that now involves the FBI.

One woman wrote a letter to the council asking all employees involved in the payroll to step down until the investigation is complete; saying that it would be consistent with how the city handled the DeNardo case.

"We think the protocol should be applied across the board equally. We have no problem with the protocol if there is one - if there is that rule. We just want to see that it's applied across the board equally," said the resident.

Lana Noonan, Hancock County Alliance for Good Government added, "It's just not right for one person to be isolated for an investigation when others are under investigation, I understand, as well."

Bay St. Louis Council President Lonnie Falgout would not comment on the investigation until he says he is cleared to do so.

Additionally, 12 Bay St. Louis police officers took a total of 171 hours of leave after Chief DeNardo's death, which equals about $3,000 in pay. However, state law does not allow bereavement pay for non-family members.

Following the Thursday night meeting, Ron Thorp - along with several other residents - volunteered to begin a private fund drive to pay the officers.

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