10 Year Caddo Deputy Arrested For Extortion of Elderly
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator did not pull any punches when he described the character of a ten year veteran of the Caddo Sheriff's Department following the deputy's arrest.
Putting it bluntly, the Sheriff said, "I’m extremely disappointed in this person's criminal behavior." Prator continued with, “He is an embarrassment to the brave men and women who work tirelessly to gain the trust of those we serve."
The Sheriff was speaking of former deputy, Joey Lee, 33, after Lee was terminated following his arrest on charges stemming from the alleged exploitation of an elderly person.
According to the investigation report, Lee went to a victim’s home in the 1800 block of E. Kings Highway multiple times while in uniform and manipulated her into giving him approximately $15,000 in cash over the span of three months.
The report continues with allegations that Lee also cashed stolen forged checks at at least one convenience store in Shreveport while in his uniform.
On Friday, October 14, Lee was booked into Caddo Correctional Center. He has been charged with forgery, exploitation of persons with infirmities, extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion and malfeasance in office.
The case was reported to Caddo detectives on Wednesday, October 12. Lee was placed on administrative leave without pay and was later terminated following the investigation and subsequent arrest.
So far, there is only one known victim. The investigation is ongoing.