Feds accuse two of embezzling from LSU-Eunice

Two former employees at LSU-Eunice face are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars while employed at the two-year college, according to documents filed in federal court.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office charged Marvette J. Thomas and Carra Sergent with one count each of stealing federal funds. They were charged in a federal bill of information that was made public Wednesday afternoon.

The document alleges Thomas stole $68,464, and that Sergent stole $74,653, during the years they worked at the public institution, which receives federal money.

The pair are accused of stealing the money in the period from Sept. 1, 2008, to Feb. 28, 2012, according to the court document filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie.

The charging bill states the two were charged under federal statutes because LSU-E receives federal grants in excess of $10,000 a year.

Both women worked in LSU-E’s Office of Academic Affairs, where they are alleged to have taken advantage of the school’s procurement system and “embezzled, stole and obtained by fraud” college money they used to buy goods for themselves, the bill states.

Namie in court papers said the U.S. Attorney’s Office wants Thomas and Sergent to forfeit property they own so money stolen from LSU-E can be returned.