- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A third state auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has been arrested on a fraud charge.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Corey Polk, 33, of Baton Rouge, was arrested on charges of federal programs fraud.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1uddZPc) Polk was a managing auditor in the department’s Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services which, among other tasks, investigates fraud committed by department employees.

Green’s statement Thursday said Polk and his supervisor, audit director Delrice Augustus, used purchasing cards for personal items then submitted fraudulent documents to receive reimbursement from the state for travel that never occurred. The state then paid the requested amount, which Polk and Augustus split.

Polk faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, forfeiture of proceeds from the alleged scheme and up to three years of supervised release.

Augustus, 34, and another employee, Kaneasha Goston, 38, both of Baton Rouge, were also arrested for a similar alleged scheme that spanned from 2010 to March 2014.

Augustus is facing 38 counts of possession of stolen items and 38 counts of malfeasance in office. Goston was charged with theft after she, too, allegedly signed fraudulent reimbursement documents that Augustus approved.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com


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