LSU biology student arrested, accused of payroll fraud

LSU Police arrested a 21-year-old biology student Wednesday accused of collecting more than $9,000 from the school’s chemistry department for work she never completed.

Police booked Gabrielle Perry, 21, 5075 Nicholson Drive, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday afternoon on counts of public payroll fraud, according to Parish Prison booking records.

Perry has since been released after posting $3,000 bail, prison records show.

The fraud scheme began in July 2012 with Perry forging her supervisor’s signature on numerous time sheets, then submitting them without supervisor approval, LSU Police said.

It happened more than 25 times until December 2013, when the supervisor notified detectives about the alleged fraud after seeing Perry at an event and inquiring about her status in the department, police said.

It’s unclear how long Perry worked under the supervisor before the alleged fraud began.

Attempts to reach chemistry department administrators Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.

On Jan. 22, investigators interviewed Perry and she admitted to submitting the forged time sheets, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU Police spokesman.

Ernie Ballard, an LSU spokesman, said Perry is enrolled as a biology student at the university. Biological sciences and chemistry are both departments in the College of Science.

Any possible disciplinary action would not come until LSU completes an ongoing review of the incident, Ballard said.