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