Former Homer Mayor Pleads Guilty to Felony Malfeasance

Former Homer mayor pleads to malfeasance

KTBS-TV3 Shreveport

Former Homer Mayor Alecia Smith has pleaded guilty to malfeasance charges that arose out of an investigation into the diversion of town funds for her personal use. She received a suspended prison sentence and was ordered to repay the town for what she took.

Smith pleaded guilty in Claiborne District Court to two felony counts of malfeasance in office. As part of a plea agreement with the state attorney general’s office, she was fined $1,000, ordered to make $6,647.51 in restitution within two years and placed on three years probation.

Smith — who lost a bid for re-election in December 2014 — was arrested earlier that year after a Louisiana State Police investigation. She was initially charged with six counts of malfeasance in office. Prosecutors dropped three of those charges as part of the plea agreement.

During her guilty plea, Smith answered the judge’s questions about her understanding of the proceedings and the guilty plea but did not make any additional statement.

Investigators who reviewed town records said Smith diverted town funds for her personal use from 2011 to 2013, including using the town credit card when she was on personal trips. Smith falsified public records to justify the expenses in order to get reimbursed, investigators said.

Investigators also said Smith used a town credit card to download non-work-related audio files and data to her personal computer. Smith also didn’t pay her town water bill, which at one point grew to more than $800.

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2 Responses to “Former Homer Mayor Pleads Guilty to Felony Malfeasance”

  1. Homerll Says:

    What was the cost of investigation? Would 1,000 cover the cost? Again tax payers on hook for lying stealing officials who receive lighter sentences.

  2. Cowboy Says:

    Congratulations to Walter Abbott for his part in bringing another crooked Louisiana public official to justice. Louisiana’s reputation for lax ethics and public corruption turns off the businesses looking to relocate from states like California and New York that seek to punish free enterprise and keeps our citizens mired in poverty. It is through the efforts of public overseer stalwarts such as Walter that our public officials are held accountable for their malfeasance and the message gets sent that Louisiana no longer tolerates public corruption.

    Alecia Smith’s punishment might be a slap on the wrist considering her criminal actions, but it is punishment nonetheless. There was a time no so long ago when such malfeasance wouldn’t have turned a head. When it comes to public corruption, race is not an excuse as every public official must be held accountable for their actions.

    The only way we are ever going to improve the employment picture in Louisiana and improve our economy is to stop providing businesses with easy excuses to write our state off of their relocation lists. Additionally, we need to hog tie all the lawyers in this state and pass a tort reform bill tougher than Texas so businesses can’t be sued into bankruptcy for taking a chance on Louisiana.

    Louisiana has great people and top notch universities that turn out well prepared graduates who must then move to Texas to get jobs. Our state deserves better than the situation we’re mired in now. The only way we’ll ever improve is through a continued focus on reforming government, reducing red tape, and stabilizing the risk picture businesses face when locating here.

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