- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - Concordia Parish prosecutors say a former Ridgecrest town clerk will appear in court this week after her arrest on charges tied to allegations she stole more than $22,000 within eight months last year.

Assistant District Attorney Ann Siddall tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/THY8xh) Shannon Sullivan Beatty was arrested Thursday on charges of filing false reports, malfeasance in office, false accounting and theft greater than $500. No bond was set.

Siddall says an audit uncovered irregularities in Ridgecrest’s accounting.

According to the audit, from January to August, utility payments of $121,957 were collected, but payments of only $99,473 were deposited in Ridgecrest’s bank account.

Prosecutors say Beatty allegedly took $22,383 for her personal use.

They say Beatty allegedly destroyed original deposit slips prepared by a part-time worker and replaced them with ones she had prepared in order to conceal the misappropriated funds. Town records indicate 26 deposits did not match the daily collection totals during the eight-month period.

The village aldermen fired Beatty in August 2013 after she failed to show up for work.

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