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02-21-2009, 06:20 PM
Waterproof Louisiana: Federally Funded Speed Trap Busted for Corruption

Waterproof,The mayor and police chief of a federally funded Louisiana speed trap town were arrested Wednesday on felony corruption charges. A Tensas Parish Grand Jury indicted Waterproof Mayor Bobby Higginbotham for felony theft, malfeasance in office, payroll fraud and using public funds for personal use. Waterproof Police Chief Miles Jenkins faces three felony counts for receiving bonuses for meeting traffic ticket quotas and altering traffic citations. The activities of both officials were fueled by federal taxpayer dollars.

In 2007, Higginbotham received $37,500 from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development's Community Facilities Program for the purchase of two police cars fully equipped with the latest speed detection equipment. Higginbotham ordered Miles to use these vehicles to prey on State Highway 65 travelers as the speed limit dropped without warning to 45 MPH within the town limits.

"They have the nicest police cars in Louisiana," one commenter on the National Motorists Association Speed Trap Exchange website observed. "However they are the most unprofessionally dressed cops I've ever seen."

Even before the arrival of the new cruisers, Waterproof earned 37 percent of its budget from speeding tickets, according to a 2007 report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Higginbotham and Jenkins are out on bond awaiting trial. Louisiana State Police officials say the investigation into their activities is ongoing.


02-21-2009, 06:33 PM
Grand jury indicts Waterproof mayor on 44 charges

ST. JOSEPH — A Tensas Parish grand jury handed down indictments against the mayor and police chief of Waterproof this week.The indictments against Mayor Bobby Higginbotham and Police Chief Miles Jenkins were filed Thursday.Higginbotham faces 44 total charges, including 18 counts of malfeasance in office, 21 counts of felony theft, one count of unauthorized use of a moveable and four counts of public salary deduction.

Jenkins faces three counts of malfeasance in office.

The malfeasance allegations against Higginbotham include claims that he told Waterproof employees to purchase goods from a business he or immediate family members had a significant stake in and that he used more than $3,000 in town funds for trips to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and San Francisco.

He is also accused of improperly converting, depositing and using more than $32,000 from the town’s Meter Deposit Fund.A number of the malfeasance charges allege he improperly handled traffic tickets, failed to conduct a state-mandated town court and paid illegal bonuses to police officers for exceeding illegal ticket quotas.

Higginbotham also allegedly used the town payroll system to collect personal loans made to town employees, and is accused of using town equipment to maintain private property.The felony theft charges stem from allegations that he fraudulently increased his salary without approval of the town’s aldermen, collecting an additional $36,500 between July 2007 and February 2009.


02-21-2009, 06:34 PM
I'm willing to bet a dollar to a doughnut that's not really out of the normal revenue enhancement for the majority of municipalities.

02-21-2009, 06:57 PM
I'm willing to bet a dollar to a doughnut that's not really out of the normal revenue enhancement for the majority of municipalities.Especially in Lousianna, land of Rep.'Cold Cash' Jefferson

02-23-2009, 10:10 AM
There's certain suburbs of Detroit that are known for things like that. Harper Woods and Hamtramck are two big speed traps. Detroit has a couple of big traps, but not really enough cops to enforce speed limits on a city-wide basis. They like to get people on Mound, because the speed limit is 50 on the Warren side and 35 on the Detroit side.

Roseville, Royal Oak and Clinton Township are just known for having tough cops.