By: Allen Johnson
As the citys jailer, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman is no stranger to inmate labor, but he apparently doesnt want ex-cops with criminal records working as armed uniformed deputies. Reserve Capt. Michael Ray Liker, 40, resigned recently while under internal investigation after the Metropolitan Crime Commission informed the sheriff that the veteran law enforcement officer also was a convicted felon. He resigned for health and personal reasons, a sheriffs spokesperson said by email. Despite repeated requests, Gambit Weekly did not receive additional information from the sheriffs office, such as Likers hiring date, his assignments and any promotions. In 1992, Liker lived in Luling and worked as a deputy with the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office, records show. He and another deputy were arrested for shaking down Vietnamese motorists for hundreds of dollars in fines during a series of traffic stops in the Houma area. On April 19, 1994, Liker pleaded guilty to a federal malfeasance charge and received a five-year suspended sentence. Last September, the commission alleged that Liker did not disclose his felony conviction on employment applications filed with the sheriffs office.