- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ANGOLA, La. (AP) - Two former high-ranking prison officials accused of stealing at least $160,000 from funds meant to benefit employees are set to turn themselves in to jail.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/2eKyp34) Tuesday that arrest warrants have been issued for former Col. Shirley Whittington and former Lt. Col. Deborah Leonard, on theft counts over $25,000. He says both women’s attorneys agreed to bring them to the parish jail Wednesday.

Both women, who worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, stepped down last month after an auditor’s report revealed missing or misappropriated funds from an employee recreation committee.

Leonard, who was stationed at the prison’s training academy, said she didn’t want to comment. Whittington, who was in charge of Angola’s emergency medical services, didn’t return a call.



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