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DCFS worker pleads guilty to charges of theft

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Posted: May 28, 2014 3:32 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: May 28, 2014 4:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: delrice j augustus, dcfs, auditor, theft, corruption

BATON ROUGE - United States Attorney Walt Green announced a Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) auditor pleaded guilty to charges of theft from a federally-funded entity on Wednesday morning.

State Police arrested 34-year-old Delrice J. Augustus in March after an investigation showed he used a state-issued purchase card for personal use.

At Wednesday's hearing, Augustus admitted to using his official position to defraud DCFS out of between $120,000 and $200,000 through three schemes, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Augustus admitted to the fraudulent use of government purchasing cards to buy home entertainment electronics, hotel rooms, rental vehicles, and even a dishwasher for personal use.

Other fraudulent activity included the misuse of state travel and gas cards and receiving reimbursement from the State of Louisiana for official travel that did not occur.

Augustus faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, forfeiture of the assets gained through the theft, and up to three years of supervised release following serving out his prison sentence.

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