State Police: LSU police officer accused of stealing $1,500; $16,000 still missing _lowres

State Police arrested Carrie Heckard, an LSU police officer and former treausurer of a campus police association, for felony theft Monday. LSUPDTheft.062315

An LSU police officer and former treasurer of a campus police association was arrested Monday and accused of stealing $1,500 through her position as treasurer.

Carrie Richardson-Heckard, 46, of Denham Springs, was booked on a count of felony theft, Sgt. Nick Manale, a State Police spokesman, said in a news release.

State Police began an investigation in January after the LSU Police Association conducted an audit and discovered a misappropriation of more than $16,000 in funds between November 2007 and June 2010, Manale said.

An examination of financial records did not produce sufficient evidence linking Richardson-Heckard to the entirety of the missing funds, Manale said, but as the audit continued, association representatives discovered an unauthorized $1,500 check issued to “cash” and written and endorsed by Richardson-Heckard.

State Police and the LSU Police Association concluded the check was “neither approved by the association board nor recorded as a valid expenditure in meeting minutes or financial records maintained by Richardson-Heckard,” who served as treasurer of the police association from 2006 to 2014, Manale said.

Investigators are still reviewing funds to determine what happened to the missing $16,000, he said.

A warrant was obtained for Richardson-Heckard’s arrest and she was placed into custody without incident Monday afternoon and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

LSU police declined to comment on the arrest because State Police conducted the investigation.

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