Baker Fire Chief arrested for payroll fraud

The Baker Fire Chief is behind bars charged with four felonies after allegedly marking overtime hours he did not work for a total of more than $12,000 in payroll fraud.


Christopher Hunt, 49, of Baker, turned himself into the Louisiana State Police on March 10, 2022 for allegedly marking down overtime hours he did not work.

Hunt was transported and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four felonies.

He’s charged with:

Public Payroll Fraud

Felony Theft Over $5,000

Computer Fraud

Malfeasance in Office

The investigation started with a complaint that came in Oct. 27 2021 for alleged criminal misconduct involving the Baker Fire Chief.

The complaint was that “Hunt allegedly committed public payroll fraud by submitting fraudulent time entries with overtime hours he did not work.”

The investigation found “17 dates Chief Hunt submitted as OT but did not work. The falsely submitted OT totaled 210 hours of OT at $59.94/hour for a total of $12,587.40.”

Hunt had been on leave since the investigation started. Unfiltered with Kiran has a call into Baker Mayor Darnell Waites to confirm Hunt’s current status with the Baker Fire Dept. 

Hunt had been the fire chief in Baker since 2018. 

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