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Former Angola employees charged with felony theft

11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, October 26 2016 Oct 26, 2016 October 26, 2016 4:00 PM October 26, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

ANGOLA – Two former Angola prison employees were charged with felony theft after deputies say they stole $160,000 from fund meant to benefit employees.

The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Shirley Whittington and 51-year-old Deborah Leonard turned themselves into authorities Wednesday afternoon. Both women were held at the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center briefly before posting $25,000 bonds.

According to The Advocate, both women resigned from their position at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in September after a report showed officials were shorting an employee recreation fund.

Both women, who worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, stepped down last month after an auditor's report revealed missing or misappropriated funds from an employee recreation committee.

Leonard, who was stationed at the prison's training academy, said she didn't want to comment. Whittington, who was in charge of Angola's emergency medical services, didn't return a call.

The Department of Corrections confirmed that Whittington worked at Angola since August 1995. Leonard had been employed in various positions with the DOC since 1986. 

Authorities tell WBRZ that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. More information is expected to be released at a later date.

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