- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 67-year-old woman accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office faces arraignment on Nov. 4.

Margaruette Beard worked for the prosecutor’s office for decades as a bookkeeper and allegedly skimmed as much as $1.3 million that was turned into her.

The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/2e5f25G ) reports Beard will enter a plea during the arraignment. She’s accused of theft, first-degree injuring of public records and malfeasance in office.

A civil lawsuit shows that money was taken from six different funds - traffic fines, the pretrial intervention program, asset forfeiture, criminal commercial bond forfeitures, worthless check fees and child support recovery funds.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case since the district attorney’s office is a victim and employees likely will be witnesses.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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