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Homer Mayor arrested, accused of malfeasance in office

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Alecia Smith (source: Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office) Alecia Smith (source: Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office)
HOMER, La. (KTBS) -

KTBS 3 News has learned that Homer Mayor, Alecia Smith has been arrested.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Brett Davis says Smith was taken into custody at the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office around 4:45 p.m. Monday. Smith is charged with 6 counts of Malfeasance in Office. The arrest is a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office and the Claiborne Parish District Attorney's Office. 

In early March 2014, investigators began an extensive review of the Town of Homer's records. The review revealed 41 year-old Alecia Smith of Homer allegedly used her position as mayor to misuse public funds from 2011 to 2013.

Smith reportedly took trips that were not related to town business, which were paid for in advance by the Town of Homer. She then reportedly used the town's credit card for expenses incurred during the trips. Smith is accused of falsifying public records to justify the expenses in order to get reimbursed. 

Investigators also discovered that Smith used Town of Homer credit cards to download audio files and data to her personal computer, all of which were non-work related expenses. Additionally, Smith allegedly failed to pay water bills owed to Homer in excess of $800 which was a violation of the Town of Homer policy.

If convicted, Smith faces up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $30,000 and may have to pay restitution. 

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