Ethel woman accused of stealing $40,000 from church
BATON ROUGE - Detectives arrested a woman accused of using a corporate credit card to steal over $40,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge over the past three years.
57-year-old Alice Faucheux of Ethel, who was employed as a Secretary by the diocese, was taken into police custody on Tuesday morning on charges of felony theft and unauthorized use of an access device card.
The arrest comes after an internal audit revealed that Faucheux used a corporate credit card from the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge to make unauthorized purchases of prepaid debit cards in the amount of $41,005.44. The transactions began in 2011 with the most recent purchase in June of this year, according to the audit.
Law enforcement said the woman purchased the debit cards at Office Depot stores in Baton Rouge and Zachary and used them to pay her bills and make other personal purchases.
Faucheux was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.