A former Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputy was arrested and jailed Monday in the theft of more than $14,000 in fines paid to the department over a four-year period, Sheriff Brett Stassi said.
Destiny St. Angelo, 37, was booked Monday into the Parish Jail for one aggregate count of felony theft for stealing $14,631 in fines paid to his office’s Criminal Records Department since 2010, Stassi said.
Angelo worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.
“We have been watching her activity regarding how the fees were being paid,” Stassi said Tuesday. “She was inputting them a separate way than everyone else. We found some receipts in her desk that hadn’t been logged into the computer like they should have been.”
The fines were mostly court-related fees offenders were obligated to pay the parish, he said.
Stassi said he launched an internal investigation into the matter and confronted St. Angelo with evidence last month.
“She admitted her guilt and resigned the day we found out,” he said.
The sheriff said St. Angelo told authorities she was the only person in the Criminal Records Department involved in the theft. St. Angelo took the money due to a gambling problem, Stassi said.
“It’s always a sad day when you have to arrest one of your own, but let this be a warning to all: the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office will investigate all crimes that occur in Iberville Parish regardless of what type of crime or who commits it,” Stassi said.