Almost $200,000 in Seized Cash Assets Never Deposited into District Attorney's Forfeiture Account
An investigative audit has found that $194,900 in seized cash assets that should have been deposited into the Special Asset Forfeiture account held by the District Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial District never made into the account, the Legislative Auditor said in a report released today.
The 15th Judicial District encompasses Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion parishes.
The assets were seized by Acadia Parish law enforcement agencies between January 2003 and February 2016. A former Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was responsible for receiving the cash assets and depositing the funds into the Special Asset Forfeiture account.
The money was discovered missing in April 2016 when the District Attorney’s Office found that several cash asset seizures given to the deputy had not been deposited. The deputy admitted taking the money and using it for personal purposes. She was charged with felony theft. The case is pending.
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