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Deputy Allegedly Steals Lost Cash Returned by Good Samaritan

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Police lightby Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

A good Samaritan in New Orleans did the right thing recently when he found a wallet, reportedly full of money, and turned it in to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. This person’s good deed would be stopped in its tracks however, after the deputy who took the wallet into evidence, allegedly stole the money right out of it.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy Justin Vappie, 34, was arrested, charged, and booked with malfeasance in office for allegedly stealing the cash, according to Captain Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the department.

According to police, the citizen found the wallet in Metairie —which is just outside New Orleans — and turned it in to police. According to Rivarde, Vappie, a patrol deputy with the 1st District on Jefferson Parish’s east bank, was dispatched about 1:40 PM to collect the wallet, which contained a “known amount of money.”

When the wallet finally made it to the station and was logged into the property and evidence department, it was much lighter. Though the JPSO did not reveal how it knew how much money was in the wallet, they said they knew exactly how much was in it, prior to Vappie taking some.

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