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DCFS worker accused of racking up over $30K using state credit card

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Derice Jermaine Augustus (source: WBRZ) Derice Jermaine Augustus (source: WBRZ)
BATON ROUGE, La. (WBRZ) -

State Police arrested a Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services employee, after an investigation showed he allegedly used a state-issued purchase card for personal use.

Derice Jermaine Augustus, 34, is charged with theft and malfeasance.

The Louisiana Division of Administration alerted LSP after some questionable charges appeared in an audit. They say Augustus used his supervisor's LaCarte Purchasing Card to rack up around $30,000.00 in expenses over a two year span.

Augustus reportedly admitted to detectives that he had knowingly made and approved the purchases. Some of the items included movies, TV sets, and numerous electronics like iPads and laptops. Investigators said Augustus even purchased a dishwasher and had it delivered to his home.

Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street commented, "It is hard to fathom how an audit director at a large state agency could engage in this sort of blatant theft, but that is exactly what happened here. This case is particularly shocking because of the position of high trust that Mr. Augustus holds at DCFS."

The case remains under investigation.

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