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Former deputy pleads in traffic ticket scheme

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Lakeisha Ford-Norris, a former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Deputy, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

According to Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson, Ford-Norris pleaded to one count of felony theft greater than $1500 and one count of filing false public records. It was alleged Ford-Norris, whose job it was to collect fine money on traffic tickets and court fines, was taking cash payments and altering the records to show that the fine amounts were satisfied by the individuals serving jail time.

The theft charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years at hard labor and/or a fine of not more than $3000.  Filing false public records carries a maximum sentence of 5 years at hard labor and/or a fine of not more than $5000.

The State contends the total restitution due to the Ouachita Sheriff is $71,462, which was confirmed by an audit from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. She will be sentenced by Judge Scott Leehy after a pre-sentence investigation on September 12th at 9:00 a.m. 

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