- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

JONESVILLE, La. (AP) - A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents.

Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud.

Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s electricity customers and falsified computer records to cover it up.

Lawyer Mike Small says Ingram isn’t guilty. He says she cooperated with investigators and has nothing to hide.

Investigators say Ingram altered computer records when she was the only clerk working.

Ingram was booked by the Catahoula Parish sheriff and released on $15,000 bail.

A January audit by the legislative auditor found Ingram and another former clerk collected but failed to deposit $93,841.

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