An LSU information technologies manager fired in December after skipping work for at least six months was booked into Parish Prison when he failed to return university property after his firing, police said.
Srinivas Thouta, 38, 7212 Notre Dame Drive, Irving, Texas, was booked on five felony and eight misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a moveable as well as one count each of malfeasance in office and theft.
Thouta, a network manager for the LSU Manship School of Communication’s Public Policy Research Lab, was fired in December after university officials discovered he hadn’t reported for work since at least July 2015, an LSU Police report says.
During those months, Thouta performed work for the university but didn’t have permission from his bosses to work remotely and should have reported to campus, said Ernie Ballard, a spokesman for the university.
Thouta wrote in a Feb. 24 email to Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School, that he still had a number of pieces of LSU property, including laptops and other computer equipment, and that he would ship the items back to the school, the report says.
A university police officer tried to coordinate the return of the items, but Thouta cancelled a planned meeting in Shreveport and then never responded to further calls and emails from the officer, the report says.
A March 1 search of Thouta’s home in Irving turned up about $6,000 worth of LSU-owned equipment, including a number of items Thouta hadn’t said he had in his possession, the report says.
Thouta never had permission from the university to work remotely or to take any of the equipment off campus, according to the report.
Ballard said Thouta had worked for the university since 2003.
Thouta was released on $37,500 bail.