- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Commissioner Troy Hebert said Wednesday that he has fired a veteran Alcohol and Tobacco Control agent after he learned the agent faked payroll records and made threatening, racist, sexual text messages on a state-issued cell phone.

WBRZ-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1TTJKPq ) Hebert said the agent, Brette Tingle, texted several former ATC employees and made disparaging comments and slurs about African-Americans as well as a former agent of Middle Eastern descent.

Hebert said Tingle also sent sexually-charged texts about an agent requesting leave for her pregnancy.

In addition, Hebert said Tingle’s time sheets show he worked 37 days when his GPS unit on his state vehicle shows he was actually at home and his phone had texts showing he was not working during the claimed time.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated at ATC,” Hebert said. “It jeopardizes ATC’s creditability, as well as ATC’s ability to serve everyone in the state fairly and impartially.”

Hebert said Tingle was also fired for failing to follow directives, improperly recording someone, unauthorized secondary employment, avoiding discipline and lying to a supervisor.

The commissioner said some of the information they found is also being sent to state and federal law enforcement agencies to determine if any criminal laws were broken.


Information from: WBRZ-TV, https://www.wbrz.com

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