NEW ROADS — A city employee this week was arrested and booked on counts of theft and malfeasance in office after he was accused of stealing nearly $9,000 in traffic fines and rental fees for the William H. Scott Civic Center, the Attorney General's Office said Friday.
Willie Scott Woods, who was an account clerk for the city, admitted to investigators with the state Attorney General's Office that he stole money from city accounts containing fines collected for traffic violations and for Civic Center rentals, according to an affidavit for his arrest.
Authorities said Woods, 12479 Romalice Drive, New Roads, took more than $6,000 from the collection of traffic tickets and $2,550 from rental fees and deposits collected from January to July for use of the Civic Center, the affidavit says.
Woods, 28, accepted the fines for violations and rental fees and printed paid receipts to customers, then voided the transactions from city computers, the report says.
"This action allowed Woods to take the money from his cash drawer and show that there was no money missing from the account," the affidavit says.
He was confronted by state Attorney General's investigators Aug. 8 and admitted to the fraud, according to the report.
He was booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish jail Wednesday on counts of theft, computer fraud and malfeasance in office. He posted $8,000 bail and was released.
City officials said Friday that Woods has been fired.