BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU students bilked out of money at the campus McDonald's can now access a refund online. Additionally, investigators have identified at least two more suspects in the case, and anticipate further arrests.
State Treasurer John Kennedy reports that nearly 4,000 students were defrauded at the fast food restaurant located the LSU Student Union. Potential victims can search LATreasury.com to find out if they have a refund available.
"LSU reached out to us to help return this money, and we are happy to do so," said Treasurer Kennedy. "We've added the names and information of 3,900 former students and alumni to our online Unclaimed Property database. Our Unclaimed Property Division refunds money day in and day out, and we will work hard to help people claim what rightfully belongs to them."
The investigation was launched in October 2013 after a worker in LSU Auxiliary Services told LSU Police about the possible theft. Detectives were able to identify five employees who allegedly participated in charging additional money to students' Tiger Cards. They then pocketed an estimated $30,000 in cash.
"We will do everything possible to return this money quickly and efficiently," said Treasurer Kennedy. "The process to claim this money will be the same as searching and collecting any other type of Unclaimed Property."
Cassandra Bell, 31; Bertrand Brown, 34; Constance Brown, 31; Danielle Casey, 23; and Jeannine Rooks, 34; were all arrested in connection to the case. They were all booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of felony theft (over $1,500). Bertrand Brown was additionally charged with possession of marijuana. They have all been released after posting individual bonds ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.