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Jennings city worker arrested

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Jennings Police arrested a former city worker and booked him on malfeasance and theft charges.

According to an arrest affidavit provided by JPD, Steven Ray Deshotel, 31, was booked with fraudulent acquisition of a credit card, two counts theft, two counts identity theft, and two counts malfeasance in office. 

Deshotel is accused of using a city gas card and a co-worker's PIN to put gas into his private vehicle and his cousin's vehicle, according to the affidavit.

The investigation began when Mayor Henry Guinn called JPD because city employees noticed two electronic receipts for gas showed the premium gas was pumped in two instances that were too close together. Police checked the receipts, and worked with the gas station owner to look at surveillance video. They found a white Cadillac got the first order of gas, almost 20 gallons, and the second was pumped into a gold sedan. A lady was driving the gold car, right before she pumped her gas a city dump truck pulled up, and she hugged the driver, the affidavit states.

Detectives identified the dump truck driver as Deshotel, the affidavit states, and during an interview he allegedly admitted that the lady in the gold car was his cousin. He also allegedly said he didn't know it was against the law to use the card - which he stated hef ound in the dump truck - to fill up his own vehicle and his cousin's vehicle. He allegedly admitted that his cousin paid him some money for the gas. 

He did not admit that he stole his co-worker's PIN, but did admit he knew that co-worker kept the PIN written on a note in his wallet, the affidavit states. 

Guinn tells us that Deshotel has been terminated. 

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