- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BALDWIN, La. (AP) - A recently released state audit said a former Baldwin clerk is accused of pocketing thousands of dollars in payments made to the town and creating false public records to hide the missing money.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old Natashia Lancelin on Monday, The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1IZVxHv).

Deputies said Lancelin faces several counts of theft, second-degree injuring public records, filing false public records and malfeasance in office.

According to the Legislative Auditor’s Office, auditors determined Lancelin collected the payments but never deposited $63,504 in cash, then created new log sheets that omitted the payments from record.

The utility, permit, fine and other payments in question were made from July 2014 to June 2015.

According to the audit, Lancelin was “primarily responsible for receiving, recording, processing, and/or depositing nearly all of the missing funds.”

The audit said Lancelin was fired in June 2015. It isn’t clear if she has an attorney.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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