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Federal grand jury indicts Nathan Cain and his wife

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A federal grand jury has indicted the former warden for the Avoyelles Correctional Center and his wife on fraud charges.

Nathan Burl Cain II, 50, and Tonia Bandy Cain, 42, both of Moreauville, La., were indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 charges.

Count one charges conspiracy to commit wire fraud and counts two through 18 charge wire fraud. According to the indictment, Nathan Cain was the warden of Avoyelles Correctional Center located in Cottonport, La., and Tonia Cain served as the manager of the business office of the facility. They are accused of using Louisiana Department of Corrections credit cards to purchase items for personal use while misrepresenting that the items were bought for official use between December of 2012 and January 2016. The defendants are also accused of structuring purchases.

Cain is the son of former Angola Warden Burl Cain. 

Our media partners at the Advocate report that Nate Cain resigned his post in May 2016 amid multiple investigations and a flurry of newspaper articles exploring nepotism and possible misconduct, some of it potentially criminal. His father was forced out as warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola months earlier over questions about his business dealings with relatives and friends of inmates he oversaw. To read the Advocate's story, which includes the background on this case, click here

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison, five years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine per count, and forfeiture in the amount of $152,364.69. An arraignment date has not been set.

The FBI and the Louisiana Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and David J. Ayo are prosecuting the case.

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