- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A second state auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children Family Services has pleaded guilty in a fraud case that bilked the department of thousands in federal funds, federal prosecutors said Friday.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that Kaneasha Goston, 38, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to a charge of theft from a federally funded entity. Goston faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture of the proceeds gained from the offense and restitution.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Goston was a managing auditor in the department’s Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services. Green said she admitted engaging in a scheme with the department’s director, Delrice Augustus, to create and use fraudulent documents to request and receive reimbursement for official travel that didn’t occur.

Goston signed fraudulent reimbursement requests as the requesting employee, and Augustus signed as the approving supervisor, Green said. Goston and Augustus split the fraudulent payments, he said.

Augustus pleaded guilty in May and is awaiting sentencing.

Last week, Corey Polk, 33, of Baton Rouge, a third state auditor with the department, was charged with misusing agency funds and fraudulently signing reimbursement documents at Augustus’ request.

The alleged scheme occurred from 2010 to March.

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