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|Court of appeal denies tax official's request for reduced bail|
A Monroe tax official's request to have his $2.7 million bail reduced was denied by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.
Represented by defense attorneys Charles Jones and Charles Kincade, Patrick Onyemechara learned late Wednesday his writ was denied by the Shreveport-based court of appeal. Onyemechara is a top tax official with the city of Monroe.
Onyemechara, who is on unpaid leave with the city, is jailed at Ouachita Correctional Center on 26 counts of theft and one malfeasance in office charge. He is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city's sales tax department.
Onyemechara was arrested on 11 counts of theft and the malfeasance in office charge in May. He was arrested following an investigation by Monroe police, Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office.
Shortly after his arrest in May, 4th Judicial District Court Judge Marcus Clark set Onyemechara's bail at $1.8 million.
Additional charges were filed against Onyemechara earlier this month, prompting Clark to reset his bail at $2.7 million.
The investigation is ongoing.
Onyemechara is being prosecuted by Geary Aycock and Neal G. Johnson of the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.