Nonprofit Bookkeeper Charged in Theft

A bookkeeper at a nonprofit in Sulpur, La., was arrested and charged with stealing as much as $175,000 in cash and insurance coverages from the organization over a two-year period. Detectives of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.

Kayla Vincent, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, declined to identify the nonprofit. The organization’s executive director returned a call from The NonProfit Times and asked that due to the organization’s role as a safe house that it not be identified in this story. The executive said the former employee was a bookkeeper for the nonprofit.

Meaghan J. Boudreaux, 31, of Sulphur, La., allegedly transferred $169,000 from the organization’s bank accounts to a personal account. It’s also alleged that she added herself to various insurance policies without the appropriate deductions being made from her pay. The alleged thefts occurred from January 2019 to November 2020.

According to the sheriff’s department, Boudreaux stopped showing up for work and an auditor found unusual transactions in the organization’s books. Along with alleged inappropriate transfers of cash from the organization, Boudreaux is suspected of having had added herself to the organization’s insurance plan and supplemental insurance plan, without having the premiums deducted from her pay. Detectives determined the total amount Boudreaux allegedly stole from the organization is approximately $175,273.

An arrest warrant was issued on Dec. 12. Boudreaux, who could not be reached for comment, turned herself in on Dec. 21 and was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $25,000 or more. She was later released on a $50,000 bond.