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IPSO investigates internal theft

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Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:40 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 3, 2014 10:08 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: iberville parish sheriff's office, criminal investigation, stealing, employee, stealing

PLAQUEMINE- An Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office employee is the target of a criminal investigation after the department said she confessed to stealing thousands of dollars.

Veteran deputy Destiny St. Angelo resigned late last month and could face felony charges. She's accused of stealing criminal fine payments dating back to 2010.

According to Sheriff Brent Stassi, those payments were discovered missing in late December.

"It started off by looking for a missing amount and as you look into it, found different things, and one thing led to another," Stassi said.

St. Angelo worked in the criminal records department for 17 years. Stassi said she confessed to stealing about $15,000, and has to pay it all back.

"It's a shame that it had to come to somebody who's been employed that long but we don't pick the people who do the crime we just handle it," the sheriff said.

This isn't the only theft the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office has seen over the years, something Sheriff Stassi said they're working on.

"We've uncovered some theft that happened prior to my administration and we're going to make sure that we put the checks and balances in place that this doesn't happen again," he said.

An auditor has been hired to help revise the department's current policy for collecting money.

The sheriff's office will turn all findings over to the district attorney after the investigation wraps up, which is when charges will be determined. St. Angelo could face felony theft and malfeasance charges.

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