Former Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy arrested in theft of $14,000
PLAQUEMINE - A former Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Monday in the theft of more $14,000, according to Sheriff Brett Stassi.
The theft of paid fines came over a four-year period.
Destiny St. Angelo, 37, was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on one aggregate count of felony theft. The total amount of stolen fines reached $14,631.
Angelo worked for the Sheriff’s Department for 17 years and the thefts came from the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Records Department beginning in 2010. She resigned late last month.
The payments were discovered in December and the fines were mostly court-related fees, according to Stassi.
The Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation and St. Angelo admitted guilt claiming she took the money due to a gambling problem.
“It’s always a sad day when you have to arrest one of your own, but let this be a warning to all,” Stassi said. “The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office will investigate all crimes that occur in Iberville Parish regardless of what type of crime or who commits it.”
Stassi said this isn’t the only theft the Sheriff’s Office has seen noting some have been uncovered that happened prior to his administration.
An auditor has been hired to help revise the department’s current policy for collecting money.