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Jun 3, 2010 7:50 PM

Lafayette school official faces theft charge

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) A Lafayette Parish Schools System official has been arrested on charges she embezzled more than $50,000 from a district program.

Carol Thomas was booked Wednesday with theft, injuring public records, public payroll fraud, obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office. She surrendered to authorities at the Lafayette Parish Jail and has since been released on bond.

Authorities say the 59-year-old woman is a supervisor of the LPSS Extended Learning program, which provides after-hours instruction to at-risk students. Officials asked police to investigate last fall after a routine audit uncovered financial irregularities in the program's operation. Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette Police spokesman, says a probe found that more than $50,000 had been misappropriated from January 2007 to last November.

System spokeswoman Angie Simoneaux says Thomas is currently on leave with pay pending a resolution of the case.

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