A Gonzales man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to defrauding his former employer, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that operates nursing homes in southwest Louisiana, of more than $208,000 over nearly three years, federal prosecutors said.
Travis Templet, 36, who served as the controller for Elder Outreach Nursing and Rehabilitation, wrote 67 fraudulent checks to himself worth about $208,308 from the nonprofit group’s accounts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge said in a news release Wednesday.
Templet, who was in charge of the nonprofit’s accounting, altered Elder Outreach’s records and software to hide the fraud. The checks were issued between December 2011 and October 2014, according to a bill of information charging him in May.
Templet pleaded guilty to engaging in a wire fraud scheme to defraud the nonprofit during an appearance before U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles in Baton Rouge on Wednesday,
DeGravelles has not set a sentencing date, but prosecutors said Templet faces imprisonment, fines, restitution and forfeiture orders.
According to its website, Elder Outreach has four nursing homes in Arkansas and five in south Louisiana: two in Crowley and one each in Abbeville, Maurice and Lockport.