Woman pleads guilty to theft from district attorney’s office
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former employee of a district attorney’s office in north Louisiana has pleaded guilty to stealing office money for her personal use.
Melanie Barber, a former employee of the Desoto Parish District Attorney’s office, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison following her guilty plea Thursday to one count of mail fraud. A federal judge is scheduled to sentence Barber on July 2.
U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook’s office says in a news release that Barber, a 36-year-old resident of Converse, worked for the district attorney’s office from April 2002 until her firing in February 2014.
A court filing says Barber stole an unspecified amount of money from the district attorney’s pretrial diversion, traffic diversion and worthless checks programs.