UPDATE: More info about Acadia Sheriff’s spokeswoman booked with felony theft
Posted: Apr 15, 2016 2:29 PM EST Updated: Apr 15, 2016 10:53 PM EST
Maxine Trahan, a long-time spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, is accused of stealing money confiscated from accused criminals.
Beginning in 2010, a warrant for her arrest states, Trahan allegedly kept cash that was seized during investigations. She was supposed to process the cash and deposit it into a Sheriff’s account, but an investigation revealed she didn’t do that.
The warrant states that, since 2010, Trahan allegedly kept more than $48,000 instead of processing it.
“Basically over the last month, questions began to arise as to availability of those funds for disbursement and forfeiture and basically that’s what prompted the investigation,” District Attorney Keith Stutes, said.
Stutes said he does not know if Trahan knew she was being investigated, but he said it became very obvious in the end. He said Trahan was fired earlier this week.
“We envision after a thorough review of the continuing investigation, the financial documents, there will probably be some more charges forthcoming, but at this time those would be premature to talk about,” Stutes said.
Stutes said the investigation is ongoing so he cannot discuss whether anyone else will be charged in the case.
Trahan did not answer KATC’s calls for comment.
Maxine Trahan, long-time spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, has been booked with felony theft.
Trahan, 56, was booked at 12:04 p.m., but was no longer listed as being in the jail as of 1:00 p.m.
A release from Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon refers to her as a “former” deputy.
It also states that she was booked on warrants issued by the District Attorney’s Office, accusing her of theft in excess of $25,000.
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