PORT ALLEN — The former West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office employee accused of stealing over $157,000 pleaded guilty in court Thursday.
Officials say Mandy Miller, 44, pleaded guilty to federal program theft before U.S. Chief Judge Shelly Dick.
As part of the guilty plea, Miller admitted to stealing cash paid for traffic tickets and hid the thefts by recording fake journal entries in the sheriff’s office accounting system while employed by WBRSO.
According to admissions made as part of the guilty plea, Miller embezzled, stole, and converted more than $150,000 in official funds for her personal use.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison plus a fine. A sentencing date has not been set at this time for Miller.
Miller was arrested on Friday, Jan. 27th. and was charged with the following:
- Felony theft
- Second-degree injuring public records
- Computer tampering
- Public property, duties of officials, employees, and custodians
According to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s investigation into Miller, between July 1, 2018 and July 31, 2022, Miller “while conducting her official duties as a deputy sheriff traffic clerk, would take payment from traffic fines and in turn manipulated/altered the computerized accounting records of the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
The affidavit for probable cause for Miller said “By doing this, Miller was able to conceal the transactions. Miller committed the actions in order to take monies from received payments ($158,852.00) for her personal use.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, Investigative Audit Services, investigated the case with assistance from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.