LSP arrest OMV employee accused of stealing $4,000

LSP arrest OMV employee accused of stealing $4,000

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 34-year-old woman from Baker was arrested Monday and charged with felony theft, injuring public records and malfeasance in office.

During quality reviews, Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) employees learned of discrepancies in financial records. An internal audit of the records showed more than $4,000 was unaccounted for and several records were altered.

OMV turned the information over to the Louisiana State Police who later developed Heather Prather as a suspect. LSP Investigators questioned Prather who admitted to stealing cash from motor vehicle transactions and falsifying public records in an attempt to conceal the theft.

Investigators booked Prather into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Prather has been an employee of the Office of Motor Vehicles for eight years and has been placed on administrative leave pending an Internal Affairs Investigation by Louisiana State Police.

"Checks and balances are a necessary process to ensure that financial transactions and records are always accurate," stated Stephen F. Campbell, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. "The Office of Motor Vehicles is dedicated to ensuring that we serve the public in the most professional and honest manner."

No bond has been set at this time.

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