Florida Parishes Juvie Center in the News Again

Whistleblower case at Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center leads to one arrest and one lawsuit

by Heidi R. Kinchen

A secretary at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center who thought her bosses had pegged her as a whistleblower and planned to fire her now faces prosecution for recording her supervisor’s conversations without his consent.

Meanwhile, the actual whistleblower has sued the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission, which oversees the detention center, claiming management forced her to quit her job as a payroll clerk after she notified the state Office of Inspector General of possible payroll fraud.

The commission’s lawyer, John Feduccia, could not be reached for comment Friday. Attorney Tom Hogan, who represents both the secretary and the former payroll clerk, declined on Friday to comment on the cases.

An IG investigator met with Joy Chauvin, the secretary, after receiving a complaint in February 2014 about mismanagement at the detention center, which serves Livingston, St. Tammany, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. The IG’s office would not disclose what prompted the meeting with Chauvin or when it took place.

Chauvin told Michael Moore, the investigator, she believed the detention center’s management thought she was the source of the IG complaint, and she was being targeted for retaliatory dismissal, according to an affidavit of probable cause for her arrest.

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