- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU police have arrested a 21-year-old biology student accused of collecting more than $9,000 from the school’s chemistry department for work she never completed.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/M3BMm5 ) Gabrielle Perry was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday on counts of public payroll fraud.

Perry has since been released after posting $3,000 bail.

LSU police say the fraud scheme began in July 2012 with Perry forging her supervisor’s signature on numerous time sheets, then submitting them without supervisor approval.

It was unclear whether Perry has an attorney.

It happened more than 25 times until December 2013, when the supervisor notified detectives about the alleged fraud after seeing Perry at an event and inquiring about her status in the department, police said.

It’s unclear how long Perry worked under the supervisor before the alleged fraud began.

On Jan. 22, investigators interviewed Perry and she admitted to submitting the forged time sheets, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU Police spokesman.

Ernie Ballard, an LSU spokesman, said Perry is enrolled as a biology student at the university. Biological sciences and chemistry are both departments in the College of Science.

Any possible disciplinary action would not come until LSU completes an ongoing review of the incident, Ballard said.

It was unclear whether Perry has an attorney.

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

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