Former Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy pleads guilty to theft

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE – A former Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Deputy pled guilty to the theft of over $14,000 during an arraignment before 18th Judicial District Judge Alvin Batiste Tuesday.

Destiny St. Angelo, 37, 24115 Ferdinand St., Plaquemine, was sentenced to supervised probation for three years with the Department of Corrections that includes a monthly supervision fee of $65.

Batiste questioned the defendant as to her constitutional rights before the plea.

A special condition of St. Angelo’s probation is that she pay court costs, a $150 fine, $75 to the criminal court fund, $75 to the indigent defender or serve 15 days in the Iberville Parish Jail for default of payment.

St. 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 year.

The payments were discovered in December and the fines were mostly court-related fees. The Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation and St. Angelo admitted guilt claiming she took the money due to a gambling problem.

Batiste also ordered St. Angelo to pay restitution to the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $14,631.50.

The defendant is to be evaluated for gambling addiction and complete the program.