Employee with local DA's office arrested

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 02/25 2014 11:20AM

Updated 02/25 2014 11:29AM

A former administrative clerk with the DeSoto Parish District Attorney's office is locked up on several charges including Misuse of Public Funds.

Mansfield police have arrested Melanie Barber for monetary instrument abuse, malfeasance in office and filing or maintaining false public records. 

During a recent investigation, authorities discovered that Barber, who worked at the DA's office for 12 years, had misappropriated funds from accounts related to worthless check collections and diversion fees. 

Barber allegedly devised a scheme where she would accept money orders for payment of fees and penalties.  She would then sign those money orders and cash them at a local business. 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. 

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