DPS employee arrested, accused of buying gift cards with work card

BATON ROUGE — A 36-year-old DPS employee was arrested and has since resigned from her state job.

State Police troopers opened an investigation into DeKara Levy, 36, of Baton Rouge, around Jan. 10, 2024. Troopers looked at her Lacarte card, a card that is issued to state employees for expenditures, between April – July 2023.

Levy worked at the Dept. of Public Safety, or DPS. In April 2023, officials say Levy allegedly used her work issued pin to buy a $20 gift card to Raising Cane’s. Troopers said the charge was not approved by DPS.

About two months later in June 2023, Levy allegedly purchased a $25 gift card to Walmart, that was once again, not approved by the state agency.

July 31, 2023, Levy allegedly bought several units of Gatorade and a $45 gift card without permission. Troopers say her assigned pin was used to make the purchases and she did not pay taxes.

When troopers took her in for questioning on Jan. 23, 2024, court documents say she admitted the above purchases were for personal use and purchased from her work-issued card. She also allegedly admitted that she tried to hide what she did.

Since then, the DPS employee has been arrested and charged with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft.

DeKara Levy resigned from her position with the Dept. of Public Safety.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

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