Employee arrested for theft of state funds

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 2:36pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) – An employee from the Department of Public Safety was arrested by State Police on Monday, Jan. 3. They say the woman was misdirecting money from the state to personal bank accounts.

Officials say Lashunda Fleming, 30, of Baton Rouge, illegally diverted over $12,000 from the Department of Public Safety Office of Management and Finance into her personal bank account. They started tracking the case in November, which is when a supervisor noticed suspicious transactions. They discovered nearly 20 fraudulent DPS credit card transaction refunds.

“Due to the safeguards in place and the swift actions of personnel at the Office of Management and Finance, this illegal activity was quickly identified and brought to State Police Detectives for a full criminal investigation.” said Colonel Michael Edmonson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, said in a press release. “Integrity is a key principal within the Department of Public Safety. We will not tolerate anyone who chooses to violate the public’s trust.”

Fleming was booked on Monday, Jan. 3 into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Felony Theft and Malfeasance. Fleming resigned from her position with her company, and DPS plans to seek restitutions from her for the misappropriations of funds.


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