General Landry Stresses Commitment to Holding Government Officials Accountable
BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced an arrest made in Jonesville on charges related to violating the public’s trust.
“In order to make our State an even better place, we must end Louisiana’s checkered past of public corruption and abuse of government offices,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “This arrest highlights our commitment to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute those who defraud our State and its people. And our office will keep working with local, state, and federal partners to hold government officials accountable.”
Leigh Ann Ingram – a former utility clerk for the Town of Jonesville – was arrested on charges of theft (over $25,000), malfeasance in office, and computer fraud. Ingram is accused of diverting over $25,000 worth of utility payments and falsifying computer records to avoid getting caught. She allegedly received cash from customers paying their electricity bills and diverted the funds for personal use.
Based on the comparison of witness statements, cash receipts, time sheets, computer log reports, and other evidence – investigators from General Landry’s Louisiana Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office determined that Ingram altered computer records on times and dates in which she was the only clerk in attendance.
Ingram, 47 of Jena, was arrested on August 31, 2016 and booked at the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office.