Bethany Bryant Communications Director for Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight reported an internal audit of their office, conducted earlier this year, uncovered financial discrepancies. To get to the bottom of things, the D.A.'s Office launched an investigation. The results revealed that employees' actions were at the root of the problem.

Bryant said Wendy Myers, a now-former Traffic Secretary with the D.A.’s Office, has been accused of stealing $1,000 and $5,000 in money orders from her department from as far back as May 2022. After this discovery, the D.A.’s Office turned the conclusion of the investigation over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. The D.A. Stephen Dwight released the following statement to KPLC:

“I am disappointed in the actions of this former employee,” Dwight continued. “However, her actions do not represent the hard-working, honest employees of our office. Upon learning of this discrepancy, our leadership team acted swiftly and did a thorough internal audit.

Public trust is extremely important to me and the administration, and I want to assure the citizens of our Parish that we are taking the proper steps to prevent this type of incident from occurring again.”

Wendy Myers was reportedly fired on Monday, September 12, 2022, and arrested for felony theft.

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