- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state auditor for Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has pleaded guilty to charges of theft from a federally-funded entity.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Delrice J. Augustus, 34, admitted at Wednesday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick to using his official position to defraud the department out of between $120,000 and $200,000 through three schemes.

Augustus admitted to the fraudulent use of government purchasing cards to buy home entertainment electronics, hotel rooms, rental vehicles, and even a dishwasher for personal use.

“This case is a great illustration of federal and state agencies successfully working together to root out public corruption,” Green said in a statement.

A sentencing date has not been set. He faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, forfeiture of the assets gained through the theft, and up to three years of supervised release.



As part of the plea deal, Augustus resigned his position as director of the Bureau of Auditing and Compliance Services for DCFS.

“The most disappointing thing about this case is the position of high trust held by Mr. Augustus within DCFS,” Inspector General Stephen Street said. “He took full advantage of that trust to steal money from the taxpayers. Today’s guilty plea should send a clear message that the law enforcement community has zero tolerance for this sort of corruption, and will continue working together relentlessly to bring about criminal consequences for it.”

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