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Mar 26, 2013 9:01 AM by AP

Audit of Ouachita sheriff's office reveals theft

MONROE, La. (AP) - The audit of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office 2012 fiscal year found employee theft of more than $50,000 by a former cashier.

The audit, released Monday, was conducted by a Monroe CPA firm.

The audit stated Lakeisha Ford-Norris, a former cashier, allegedly failed to deposit cash collections of fines, fees and court costs totaling $50,387 over the past two years.

She was terminated in February 2012 and booked with felony theft, malfeasance and filing false public records.

District Attorney Jerry Jones said Ford-Norris' case is ongoing, but he's hopeful a resolution will come soon.

Sheriff Jay Russell tells The News-Star the department strengthened its internal controls by updating procedure manuals, dividing daily responsibilities, establishing a jail-time approval procedure and individual log-on for staff members.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

 

 

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