Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a charge of conspiring to steal money from his office and to profit personally from a jail contract.
Galvan was charged in a bill of information with conspiring to commit theft of property from a municipal institution receiving federal funds. He pleaded not guilty at his initial arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan.
Galvan was re-arraigned Wednesday before U.S District Judge Susie Morgan.
Former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg says he believes Galvan faces 18 to 24 months behind bars in exchange for his guilty plea.
Meanwhile, FOX 8 reports that the 54-year-old Galvan will be eligible to collect significant retirement benefits from the state of Louisiana when he reaches the age of 60. The station reports that Galvan will be eligible for $80,000 per year. The payments will be subject to federal, but not state income taxes.