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Sep 30, 2010 3:12 PM by Kate Mundy and Louisiana State Police

School Board Candidate Arrested for Casino Theft

A candidate for Allen Parish School Board is arrested for casino theft after an investigation by Louisiana State Police and the Indian Gaming Unit .

45-year-old Keith Welch of Oakdale was a gaming employee at Coushatta Casino Resort. He was the kiosk drop team manager at the casino.

Welch is facing multiple counts (felony and misdemeanor) of theft.  The investigation was the result of a complaint made by the casino in reference to cash being missing from the kiosk machines located throughout the casino.

After conducting hours of surveillance reviews of past transactions, it was determined that Welch took cash from a number of machines and was observed placing stolen cash in his pockets. From September 18, 2010 through September 27, 2010, Welch stole approximately $2,100 from the casino.

On September 28, 2010, Welch was observed once again entering a kiosk machine and removing $300. He then placed the money in his pocket. Troopers approached Welch on the casino floor and escorted him to their office. Upon arrival, Welch was asked to empty his pockets which revealed the $300 taken from the machine.

After being advised of his Miranda rights, Welch denied taking any of the cash. Welch was then placed under arrest on four (4) counts of felony theft and two (2) counts of misdemeanor theft in the total aggregate amount of $2,400. He was transported to the Allen Parish Jail where he was booked.

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