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Baldwin town employee accused of stealing more than $60,000

10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago January 11, 2016 Jan 11, 2016 Monday, January 11 2016 January 11, 2016 1:16 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office

BALDWIN - Sheriff’s deputies in St. Mary Parish say they arrested an employee of the Town of Baldwin after she was accused of stealing more than $60,000 and creating false public records in an attempt to cover her tracks.

40-year-old Natashia Lancelin was booked into the parish jail after her arrest at around 11 a.m. Monday when a deputy located the woman at her Baldwin residence.

The investigation into Lancelin began on June 17 when the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from town officials about possible theft by an employee. Due to the nature of the complaint, the State Legislative Auditor was contacted and joined in mounting the investigation.

Investigators said they found Lancelin failed to properly record $63,504 in cash payments and created false public records to conceal cash amounts that were collected, but not deposited in the town’s bank account. A warrant for Lancelin’s arrest was issued shortly thereafter.

As of early Monday afternoon, she remains in the St. Mary Parish Jail with bond set at $65,000.

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