Orleans Parish jail warden suspended amid payroll fraud investigation

Don Ames
August 18, 2018 - 9:20 am

The Orleans Justice Center warden has been suspended as the sheriff’s office investigates her for possible payroll fraud.

Spokesman Blake Acuri says Maj. Nicole Harris was suspended earlier this week as the internal affairs division investigates possible payroll irregularities. 

The investigation reportedly began over concerns as to whether Harris’ daughter was working all the hours at the jail for which she was paid.

Harris’ daughter worked for jail’s disciplinary department, which is responsible for ruling on alleged violations by inmates.

Harris, a sheriff’s office employee since 2002, was assigned to the position of warden about a year ago. She was appointed to the post after the heir apparent to the position, former Capt. William Short, was fired after failing a drug test.

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