- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former auditing director for the state Department of Children and Family Services was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison after admitting to stealing more than $150,000 from the department.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Delrice Augustus, 34, of Baton Rouge, to 37 months in prison and ordered him to pay $155,000 in restitution to DCFS and forfeit $150,000 to the federal government.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1rnqN83) Augustus admitted stealing from the agency since 2010 by using an assistant’s state-issued credit card to buy personal items and also misused a state-issued travel card to buy hotel suites in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star Game.

Augustus was auditing director for DCFS since mid-2009. He resigned May 23.

Two other DCFS auditors - Kaneasha Goston, 38, and Corey S. Polk, 33, both of Baton Rouge - also have pleaded guilty to federal program fraud in the case involving Augustus. They are awaiting sentencing.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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