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Former Louisiana State Transportation Employee Ordered to Pay $60,000 in Restitution

On January 5, 2007, Angie C. Normand, a former Louisiana State employee, was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution by a state court judge in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Normand, a former bookkeeper at the Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC), pled guilty on October 13, 2006 to the theft of FHWA and FTA funds from the Commission. The CRPC is a local transportation planning agency which receives 70 percent of its funding from FHWA and FTA.

Normand used CRPS checks and credit cards to issue unauthorized payments to herself, her mother, and various merchants for personal items. She attempted to conceal these payments by falsifying CRPC checks, invoices, and bank and credit card statements. The theft was discovered after a State audit disclosed the possible embezzlement of funds from CRPC. Subsequent investigation by OIG and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed the theft.