- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HARRISONBURG, La. (AP) - State police have arrested the former chief financial officer for the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office on charges of theft and malfeasance in office.

Trooper Albert Paxton, in a news release Wednesday, said troopers arrested 61-year-old George Tosspon, of Jonesville, following an investigation that began in May.

Sheriff James Kelly asked state police to investigate the possibility that Tosspon stole public funds by giving himself unauthorized pay increases before his retirement.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office performed an audit that revealed Tosspon received $22,534 in excess wages from August 2009 to November

Tosspon surrendered Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Bond was set at $25,000. It was not immediately known if he remained in custody or had an attorney.

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