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Tax Commission Administrator arrested for fraud, malfeasance

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 | Views: 2529

Tax Commission Administrator arrested for fraud, malfeasance
From Louisiana State Police:
BATON ROUGE---On January 11, 2019, Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested a member of the Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) on multiple charges related to his employment.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of the Administrator of the LTC, 51-year-old Charles K. Abels, III of Baton Rouge.

The investigation began in May of 2018 when the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations - Criminal Investigations Division (CID) was contacted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) regarding possible payroll fraud by Abels. Upon learning of the allegations, CID initiated a joint investigation with the LLA. Investigators were able to determine that on multiple occasions Abels claimed and was paid for time worked while not in the performance of his LTC duties. Furthermore, on multiple occasions Investigators observed Abels utilizing a state rental vehicle for personal use, and learned that he submitted unauthorized fuel reimbursement requests for the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained through the 19th JDC charging Abels with LRS 14:134 - Malfeasance in office (1 felony count), LRS 14:138 – Public payroll fraud (1 felony count), and LRS 14:133 - Filing or maintaining false public records (63 felony counts). On January 11th, 2019, Abels was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the above charges. This case remains under investigation.

Abels previously served as Livingston Parish Assessor for one term during the 1990s.