PORT ALLEN — Mandy Miller, the former West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office employee accused of stealing over $157,000 has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.
Officials say Miller, 44, pleaded guilty to the charge of federal program theft before U.S. Chief Judge Shelly Dick, in June 2023.
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, but during her sentencing on Nov. 14, the judge sentenced her to 10 months starting on Jan. 9, 2024. After her release, she will have two years of supervised release. She must pay $158,852 in restitution and $7,500 in fines.
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 Mandy 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. Mandy 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.