St. James justice of the peace arrested in theft
CONVENT, La. - A St. James Parish justice of the peace has been indicted on charges of theft and malfeasance in office.
Eileen "Candy" Jasmin, the District 6 justice of the peace, was arrested Friday after being indicted Wednesday by a parish grand jury.
Parish sheriff's Chief Deputy Sid Berthelot tells the Advocate that the indictment alleges Jasmin kept money for herself that was to have been garnished and turned over to a financial institution.
Berthelot did not release the name of the financial institution or the person whose wages were garnished by Jasmin.
In addition to counts of theft and malfeasance in office, Jasmin also was booked on one count of issuing worthless checks.
Berthelot says Jasmin's bond was set at $30,000, and she was released pending a trial.
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