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LSU professor facing theft, forgery, payroll fraud, abuse of office charges

Todd Schupe (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office) Todd Schupe (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A professor at the LSU Ag Center is fighting off 98 separate charges, including forgery, payroll fraud, and abuse of office.

Police say Todd Shupe allegedly donated thousands of dollars worth of wood purchased with LSU funds to a church. Police documents claim that the wood was later used to make furniture for the church.

Shupe is also accused of forging student signatures on travel documents for reimbursement.

The LSU Ag Center website says Shupe works in the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and specializes in wood science as well as properties and qualities of wood. Authorities say the thefts totaled $16,477.

Bill Richardson, the LSU Vice President for Agriculture issued a statement to the media.

“We are aware of the allegations involving Dr. Todd Shupe, Professor working with forest products development. Once we discovered the transactions of concern, we self-reported to authorities, and we cooperated fully and assisted with the investigation. Fraud and misappropriation of funds are serious offenses, and we will conduct a thorough review of our processes to ensure this won’t happen again.”

According to university officials, Shupe has been on administrative leave during the investigation.

Shupe’s bond was set at $98,000.

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