BREAKING NEWS: Federal grand jury indicts Murphy Painter

Staff reports

A federal grand jury indicted former Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control commission Murphy Painter on Wednesday.

Painter, a Gonzales resident, was charged with computer frauds, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

If indicted, Paitner could face up to 82 years in prison and as much as $12 million in fines, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux.

According to the indictment, Painter gave false statements to the FBI, and acted outside his authority when he used law enforcement databases for "non-official criminal purposes".