UPDATE: Former Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland booked into OCC

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UPDATE: OUACHITA PARISH, La. — Former Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland is now in custody of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

At 12:08 PM on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Breland was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of Malfeasance in Office.

His bond has been set at $25,000.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


MONROE, La. — The Fourth Judicial District Court announced on Monday, August 10, that an arrest warrant has been issued for former Sterlington Mayor Vern Breland.

Breland was charged with one count of Malfeasance in Office on Friday, August 7, following a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office on the Town of Sterlington that was released in November of 2019.

In the report, the Auditor’s office stated that Breland may have broken the law when he directed to Town of Sterlington to spend over $3 million from bond proceeds that were inconsistent with the stated purpose of the bond between January 4, 2016 and September 10, 2018.

The warrant for Breland’s arrest was issued by the Fourth District Court and Breland’s bond will be set at $25,000 once he is in custody.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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