Former Desoto Parish District Attorney’s Office Employee Charged With Mail Fraud

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Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced Thursday a Converse woman was indicted for seven counts of mail fraud.

Thirty-five-year-old Melanie Barber, former employee of the Desota Parish District Attorney’s Office, diverted money orders made payable to her employer for her own personal use. They money orders were collected by diversion fees and worthless checks, according to court documents.

Judge And JuryBarber allegedly cashed the money orders at several retailers and local banks and utilized the money for her personal use.

Barber was employed with the attorney’s office from April 2001 until February 2014. She faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence, a $250,000 fine per count and forfeiture.

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