BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Alison Foster, a former State Library executive accused of embezzling more than $110,000, turned herself into the Baton Rouge Police Department Thursday.
She faces hundreds of forgery and theft charges after thousands of dollars went missing from the State Library's "Louisiana Library Foundation." Investigators believe it was an inside job.
The staff said it found discrepancies with the finances when Foster, 39, was on medical leave last October. So Wednesday afternoon, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
The State Library of Louisiana is where Foster spent the past 16 years working as the executive assistant to the state librarian. As part of her job, she was given access to the library foundation's checkbook and credit card, but only had permission to make small purchases on a case-by-case basis, and every purchase had to be approved.
But Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Kelly said detectives found hundreds of unauthorized purchases.
"From June of 2007 to September 2011, several hundred unauthorized transactions using her state-issued credit card and her state-issued checkbook," said Sgt. Kelly.
174 credit card purchases, coming out to $27,582.98, 94 checks totaling $82,503.37. It's a total of $110,086.35 in foundation dollars she is accused of stealing.
Foster faces one count felony theft in excess of $110,000, 94 counts of forgery and 174 counts of unauthorized use of credit card.