La. Tax Commission administrator facing malfeasance in office, other charges
BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested a member of the Louisiana Tax Commission following an investigation.
According to a release from state police, they arrested a high-ranking administrator of the LTC, Charles Abels III. The investigation began in May of last year when Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations-Criminal Investigators Division was contacted by the state auditor's office regarding possible payroll fraud by Abels.
After learning all of the allegations, CID initiated a joint investigation with the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office. Authorities were able to determine that on multiple occasions Abels claimed and was paid for time worked while not in the performance of his LTC duties. Several times investigators observed Abels utilized a state rental vehicle for personal use, and learned that he submitted unauthorized fuel reimbursement requests for the vehicle.
Abels was arrested and charged with malfeasance in office, public payroll fraud, and filing or maintaining false public records.
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