Rapides judge unseals indictment for former Ball police chief

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The indictment for Nathaniel Ussery, 34, the former chief of police for the Town of Ball, has been unsealed by a Rapides Parish judge.

Nate Ussery

Ussery turned himself in at the Rapides Parish jail on December 27 after being indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury. He is facing charges of injuring public records, filing or maintaining false public records, malfeasance in office, payroll fraud, and abuse of office. Ussery resigned from the position in February 2018. The case was investigated by Louisiana State Police.

Bond was set at $50,000.

The details of the charges had been previously sealed during grand jury but were unsealed this week.

According to the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, on or about September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2017, Ussery is alleged to have misappropriated "a thing of value over $1,000."

He is also alleged to have used the authority of his office "to compel or coerce any person to provide him with anything of apparent present or prospective value."

Ussery is alleged to have "knowingly and intentionally remove, mutilate, destroy, alter, falsify, or conceal" public documents.

He is also alleged to have filed documents containing "a false statement or false representation of a material fact."

Finally, the indictment reads, that Ussery knowingly received "payment or compensation or permitted his name to be carried on any employment list or payroll for any payment or compensation from the state, for services not actually rendered by himself, and/or for services grossly inadequate for the payment or compensation received or to be received according to such employment list or payroll."

A date for an arraignment has not been set yet. Ussery is being represented by Adam Huddleston.

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