Calcasieu Parish employee arrested for malfeasance

Published 4:00 pm Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Lake Charles woman who worked for a Calcasieu Parish office has been charged with malfeasance after improperly using equipment that belonged to the district as well as making personal purchases with district funds.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent said their office responded to the complaint on Nov. 16, 2020, in reference to Dani R. Bailey, 39.

During the initial investigation detectives were told Bailey was improperly using equipment that belongs to the district.  The complainant also said Bailey, who had access to district funds, was making personal purchases with the funds, Vincent said.

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When detectives spoke with Bailey she confirmed she used the district’s equipment, such as lawn mowers, a chainsaw, and a floor jack, for personal use.

CPSO detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The CPDAO accepted charges and on Sept. 9, a warrant was issued for Bailey’s arrest.

On Sept. 14 Bailey turned herself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with malfeasance in office.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

Bailey has paid back restitution to the district in reference to several personal items that were purchased using an account in the district’s name.

CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.