U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin has filed federal embezzlement charges against former Southern University band director Nathan Haymer, according to a release from the Middle District of Louisiana on Friday.
Haymer, 42, is facing charges of federal program theft.
“From November 2016 through March of 2018, Haymer intentionally misapplied more than $30,000 that Southern University had provided to him to be used for official band expenses,” the release stated. “On more than a dozen occasions, Haymer submitted false documents, such as fictitious and forged invoices from purported vendors, knowing that he had not incurred the expenses reflected on the documents.”
In the release, Fremin commended Southern University for its cooperation in the investigation and expressed appreciation for the work conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor in preparing the audit. He also applauded the FBI and Lousisana State Police to bring the charges that will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Stevens.
Haymer was named interim band director at Southern in June 2014.
His tenure as band director ended in May of 2018 when reports surfaced that he allegedly violated state ethics laws by requesting personal payments from organizations after band performances. Charges that he has since denied.