Posted: Jun 15, 2012 2:40 PM by Melissa Canone
On June 13, Verne A. Lightfoot, 34, was arrested on charges of theft, forgery, and malfeasance in office. Troopers investigated allegations of fraud involving forgery and theft of the Juvenile City Court of Morgan City's funds.
Lightfoot, as the Juvenile Service Administrator, allegedly was writing checks from Juvenile Services to individuals and cashing those checks for herself. Investigation also revealed that Lightfoot was using company checks to make purchases from various places and then returning the items and keeping the refunds. The theft of funds totaled nearly $35,000 over the period of one year.