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Shaunda L. Pridgen

Louisiana State Police say an investigation that was launched last month has resulted in the arrest of the former city clerk of Anacoco, a small town in nearby Vernon Parish. According to investigators, 48-year-old Shaunda L. Pridgen is accused of stealing approximately $71,000.00 in municipal funds, and they have filed 133 criminal charges against her.

Investigators say it began when the City of Anacoco conducted an internal audit which revealed discrepancies, and a huge amount of taxpayer money was missing.

An arrest warrant was issued against Pridgen and she has now been charged with:

~ 58 counts of forgery

~ 49 counts of misdemeanor theft

~ 22 counts of public payroll fraud

~ 3 counts of felony theft

~ 1 count of malfeasance in office

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