Saturday, March 26, 2011

Secretary In Louisiana Judiciary System Charged With Embezzling More Than $1 Million

Brenda C. Bickford, 60, of Hammond, Louisiana, has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from the Tangipahoa Parish's District Attorney's Office of the 21st Judicial Circuit where she has served as a secretary for the past 16 years. According to prosecutors, Bickford created a fictitious company called B&B Court Reporting Services and collected on fraudulent invoices she created for services never rendered. She has been charged with forgery, filing and maintaining false public records, malfeasance and felony theft. The total amount believed to have been stolen thus far is $1,012,700 in a scheme that spanned at least "several" years.

Read the story here, here and here.

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