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FBI says former Bay police chief committed fraud and sold guns for personal gain. What’s next?

Former Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo committed payroll fraud and sold city guns, the FBI said in its report to the city.
Former Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo committed payroll fraud and sold city guns, the FBI said in its report to the city. Sun Herald File

The FBI confirmed that former Police Chief Mike De Nardo committed payroll fraud and illegally sold firearms, Mayor Mike Favre said.

De Nardo fatally shot himself in the police department parking lot while being relieved of his duties over the allegations on Sept. 8, 2016.

The FBI found that De Nardo defrauded the city of $47,000 over a period of two years and illegally sold firearms twice, Favre said Wednesday.

“The FBI determined he and he alone did the payroll fraud and gun sales,” Favre said.

De Nardo had put his wife Patricia on the payroll for work she did not perform, he said. The FBI did not hold her accountable for the fraud.

Favre said the FBI notified the city in a meeting four to six weeks ago. The mayor gave the City Council an update Tuesday night.

A victim is loaded into an ambulance at Bay St. Louis Police Department. A sheriff's deputy has said that the victim was Police Chief Mike DeNardo

“We are going through with an insurance claim through his bonding company to recover the payroll money,” Favre said.

A bonding company insured De Nardo for $50,000 in his official capacity, he said.

The allegations were made public last year after officials received an anonymous tip, reportedly from a city employee.

De Nardo was being relieved of his duties when he went to retrieve city-issued firearms from his vehicle and hand them over.

Officials have said he grabbed a police rifle from the trunk and shot himself.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department temporarily took on supervision of the police department and assisted the FBI in the investigation.

The Sun Herald requested a copy of the report from the city. Favre said city officials did not receive a copy but were notified in a meeting.

“The FBI has not released the report, to my knowledge, and may not release it,” Favre said.

The Bay St. Louis City Council voted to allow the Hancock County Sheriff's Office to temporarily take over management of the Bay St. Louis Police Department after the shooting death of Police Chief Mike De Nardo. Video by Amanda McCoy/Sun Herald

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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