LAFAYETTE — Police have arrested a 44-year-old city employee accused of cashing a blank money order paid by a person who had signed up for a rehabilitation class offered through the city.
Roxanne Andrus, a sentence coordinator for Lafayette Consolidated Government, was arrested Monday on counts of malfeasance in office and theft, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for Lafayette police.
Mouton said a project manager for city government filed a complaint Aug. 31 alleging Andrus cashed a $160 money order and logged the person’s payment as having been paid by a state grant that paid for such fees.
Mouton said the theft of the $160 allegedly occurred July 28.
Similar incidents had occurred over several months but investigators were only able to find one person who had kept a receipt for payment, according to the affidavit for warrant of arrest.
Without additional receipts, there was no way investigators could backtrack and find out if other payments had been logged in a similar fashion, the affidavit says.
Andrus has since posted a $26,000 bail and was released from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, according to jail records.