BATON ROUGE – Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested a member of the Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) Jan. 11 on multiple charges related to his employment.
Investigators arrested Charles K. Abels III, 51, of Baton Rouge. He served as an administrator with the LTC, according to Trooper Jared L. Sandifer, spokesman for the Louisiana State Police.
Abels was charged and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of malfeasance in office, public payroll fraud and filing and maintaining false public records. He was arrested through a warrant obtained through the 19th Judicial District Court.
The investigation began in May 2018 when the Louisiana Legislative Auditor contacted the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation-Criminal Investigations Division (CID) regarding possible payroll fraud by Abels.
The joint effort between the CID and LLA, investigators determined that on multiple occasions, Abels claimed and was paid for time worked while not in the performance of his LTC duties.
Investigators also observed Abels utilizing a state rental vehicle for personal use on multiple occasions and learned that he submitted unauthorized fuel reimbursement requests for the vehicle.
The case remains under investigation.
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