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Malfeasance in Office

Malfeasance in Office

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:134

A. Malfeasance in office is committed when any public officer or public employee shall:

            (1) Intentionally refuse or fail to perform any duty lawfully required of him, as such officer or employee; or

            (2) Intentionally perform any such duty in an unlawful manner; or

            (3) Knowingly permit any other public officer or public employee, under his authority, to intentionally refuse or fail to perform any duty lawfully required of him, or to perform any such duty in an unlawful manner.

B. Any duty lawfully required of a public officer or public employee when delegated by him to a public officer or public employee shall be deemed to be a lawful duty of such public officer or employee. The delegation of such lawful duty shall not relieve the public officer or employee of his lawful duty.

C.(1) Whoever commits the crime of malfeasance in office shall be imprisoned for not more than five years with or without hard labor or shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.

            (2) In addition to the penalty provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, a person convicted of the provisions of this Section may be ordered to pay restitution to the state if the state suffered a loss as a result of the offense. Restitution shall include the payment of legal interest at the rate provided in R.S. 13:4202.

            (3) If the individual convicted of the crime of malfeasance in office is a P.O.S.T. certified full-time, part-time, or reserve peace officer, the P.O.S.T certification of that peace officer shall be immediately revoked pursuant to R.S. 40:2405(J).

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