Deputy accused of engaging in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting deputy's alleged theft and misuse of his debit card
A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting the deputy's alleged theft and misuse of his debit card.
A 60-count federal indictment unsealed Monday charges the former deputy, Mark Hebert, with stealing Albert Bloch's debit card following a 2007 car accident and using it to make purchases while the man was hospitalized.
Hebert isn't explicitly charged with killing Bloch, but the indictment accuses him of either killing the man "with specific intent'' or participating in unspecified conduct that caused his death.
Hebert's attorney, Davidson Ehle, said his client didn't kill Bloch and will fight all the charges against him.
A sheriff's spokesman says Bloch was reported missing but a body hasn't been found.
The former deputy has been charged with committing 48 counts of bank fraud over a 4-and-a-half month period beginning in early August 2007.
Hebert also is accused of negotiating forged checks drawn on the man's account at Chase Bank and obtaining a replacement debit card sent to the victim and using that card to make unauthorized ATM transactions.
It is also alleged that he accessed the National Crime Information Center to obtain non-public information about the man. He faces four counts of computer fraud for that and five counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly concealing and covering up physical evidence to impede an investigation.
Hebert is also charged with two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of violating the man's civil rights.
(With assistance from The Associated Press)