Covering Louisiana

Mar 25, 2014 4:23 PM by AP

Homer mayor booked on malfeasance charges

HOMER, La. (AP) - State police say a north Louisiana mayor has been arrested on six counts of malfeasance in office.

Monday's arrest of 41-year-old Alecia Smith followed an investigation by state police, the Legislative Auditor's Office and the Claiborne Parish District Attorney's Office.

Investigators allege that Smith misused public funds from 2011 to 2013, taking non-work-related trips paid for by the town, using town credit cards for expenses during those trips and falsifying records to justify the expenses. They allege that Smith used town credit cards to download non-work related audio files and data to her home computer. And they say Smith failed to pay hundreds of dollars in water bills.

Smith was released on bond Monday from the Claiborne Parish Detention Center. She did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

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