Man wanted for impersonating owner of company to get re-hired
BATON ROUGE - A Metairie man is wanted by sheriff’s deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish after he was accused of impersonating a business owner via email to gain re-employment.
31-year-old Thomas Alston McKowen is wanted for online impersonation.
Reports indicate McKowen previously worked for a Baton Rouge-based company, but quit in July 2015 citing “personal reasons.” McKowen would eventually be re-hired by the same company in October 2015, but never reported to work resulting in his employment being terminated.
Deputies said McKowen applied for a job with the company a third time via email in January 2016. When applying for the position, the man used his middle name, Alston, in lieu of his first name.
McKowen was hired again until supervisors learned Alston McKowen was in fact the Thomas McKowen they had previously fired. The business launched an internal investigation that revealed that emails were sent from McKowen purporting to be the owner of the business to the supervisors with the ability to influence his hiring.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of McKowen is urged to contact EBRSO at (225) 389-5000.