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Acadia Sheriff's Office spokeswoman accused of stealing drug money

The Advertiser,
BYLINE: Seth Dickerson,

Acadia Parish, LA

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Maxine Trahan (Photo: Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office)

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Maxine Trahan has been arrested and charged with felony theft.

Trahan is accused of theft of $48,000 in money seized from drug busts in the parish, according to District Attorney Keith Stutes. The 56-year-old former deputy was booked on warrants issued by his office.

According to an affidavit for her arrest, Trahan alone was tasked with depositing money seized by the sheriff's office into an account.

An early audit of the account showed no deposits made by Trahan into the account. These audit showed missing deposits as far back as 2010. The missing money was to be distributed to various law enforcement agencies, court funds and the district attorney's office.

"This misappropriation and taking committed by Maxine Trahan occurred without the consent of the agencies to whom it belonged and also by means of fraudulent conduct, practices and representations," the affidavit reads.

Trahan allegedly failed to make 15 separate deposits, according to the affidavit.

Stutes said the arrest follows an investigation by the district attorney's office, and that more charges could come out after the investigation is complete. Trahan has been fired from the sheriff's office, according to Stutes.

Trahan had been the public information officer at the sheriff's office for at least 10 years.

Bond has been set at $50,000.

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