Jul 22, 2011 6:47 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles mother and daughter are accused of stealing more than $61,000 from their job at an area group home.
State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 25-year-old LaShone Bushnell was booked earlier this week with one count of felony theft by fraud for allegedly cashing fraudulent checks from the accounts of 62 residents. Bushnell's mother, 47-year-old Alnetter Pouchie, was arrested Thursday.
Pouchie, a bookkeeper, was the only one assigned to manage the residents' funds. Caldwell says Bushnell would allegedly pick up the fraudulent checks from Pouchie, then endorse, cash them and split the money with her mother.
An investigation began after an internal audit found 157 checks that were fraudulently created between June 2008 and June 2009.
If convicted, both women could face up to 10 years in prison.