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Jun 21, 2014 5:53 PM by AP

La. family services auditor pleads guilty to theft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An auditor in the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has admitted stealing money from the federally funded agency.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green in Baton Rouge said 38-year-old Kaneasha Goston pleaded guilty Thursday.

Goston, of Baton Rouge, faces up to 10 years in prison as well as fines and restitution.

Former DCFS Auditing Director Delrice Augustus of Baton Rouge, Goston's immediate supervisor, pleaded guilty May 28 to theft from a federally funded entity and is awaiting sentencing. Goston pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Prosecutors put the value of the fraud committed by Augustus at slightly more than $150,000.

Augustus admitted he stole the money from DCFS since 2010 by using an assistant's state credit card to buy personal items. He and also misused a state travel card to buy hotel suites in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star Game.

Augustus created and used fraudulent documents to request and receive reimbursement from the state for official travel that did not occur, according to his plea agreement.

DCFS receives more than $1 billion in federal funds every year.

Green has said the federal and state investigation is continuing and that DCFS leadership has fully cooperated with the probe.

The Advocate reports that a third DCFS auditor was charged in the investigation earlier this month.

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