Town employees get probation for illegal gas, parts buys
AMITE- Three employees of the town of Independence pleaded no contest to charges related to spending town money on personal items.
John Henson, Charles Garafola, and Jeffers Cook were charged with unauthorized use of an access card. The group was accused of putting gas in personal or family vehicles and paying for purchases through city accounts. Prosecutors said Henson also used city funds to buy an alternator for his personal vehicle.
The three men received probation and must pay restitution by Judge Doug Hughes.
A fourth person implicated, Reginald Jefferson, faces nine counts of similar charges. He goes before a separate judge in September.