The trial of former Richwood, Louisiana, Mayor Edward L. Harris began this week. Harris, who was elected last Saturday to the town’s Board of Aldermen, is charged with one count of malfeasance in office. He is accused of illegally writing more than $70,000 in checks to himself and other employees who left their jobs in 2008 as a new administration came in. Assistant district attorneys Neal Johnson and Brandon Brown filed a motion requesting Mike Rhymes, director of human resources for the city of Monroe, be accepted as a forensic accounting expert witness in the upcoming trial.
If Harris is convicted of malfeasance in office, he faces imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
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