- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CENTRAL, La. (AP) - Authorities say they’re searching for the former Central chief administrator after they found a fraudulent contract in his former desk.

News outlets report a warrant was issued for 49-year David Barrow on Tuesday on charges of forgery and maintaining false public records. Officials say the contract was discovered during an audit conducted after Barrow left office.

According to the warrant, Barrow is accused of forging a one-year contract between the city of Central and a local developer for a maintenance agreement that the contract indicates began in 2015.

The warrant says Mayor Junior Shelton’s signature is one the contract, but the mayor contends it wasn’t his signature and he had no knowledge of the agreement.

Barrow was terminated in 2015 for unknown reasons. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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