- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted the wife of a former prison warden on charges of theft of $25,000 or more, malfeasance and injuring public records.

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/2jIiJld ) Tonia Cain was indicted Thursday.

She and her husband, Nate Cain, resigned their posts at Avoyelles Correctional Center in May amid a series of investigations into their actions at the prison, where Tonia Cain served as business manager.

The indictment grew out of a legislative audit that suggested she had ordered subordinates to shred records related to concession sales to hide that more than $30,000 was missing.

Cain’s attorney, Jill Craft, denied her client committed any crimes. She says Tonia Cain is innocent and when a jury hears the evidence, she will be exonerated.

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

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