Dec 28, 2012 1:04 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Acadia Parish prosecutors have filed theft and forgery charges against four former LSU Eunice employees accused of running up nearly $160,000 in fraudulent purchases made with school-issued credit cards.
Court records show federal authorities also are investigating allegations that four women who worked in the school's Office of Academic Assistance used falsified receipts to cover up their purchases of clothing, jewelry, electronics equipment and other items unrelated to their jobs.
District Attorney Michael Harson's office filed charges earlier this month against Marvette Thomas, Shawana Prudhomme, Judy Guillory and Carra Sergeant, but Harson says he is willing to defer to federal prosecutors if they file related charges against the women.
An FBI agent's affidavit says an internal audit by the school uncovered the improper purchases earlier this year.