Louisiana Tax Commission administrator arrested on 65 counts

Charles K. Abels III - Photo: Louisiana State Police
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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities say a Louisiana Tax Commission administrator has been arrested on 65 counts related to his job, including malfeasance in office and public payroll fraud.

According to Louisiana State Police, 51-year-old Charles K. Abels III of Baton Rouge was arrested on Friday.

Investigators say Abels claimed and was paid for time worked while not actually working. They also say he used a state rental vehicle for personal purposes and submitted unauthorized fuel reimbursement requests for the vehicle.

Abels was arrested on charges of malfeasance in office, public payroll fraud, and 63 counts of filing or maintaining false public records.

He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on January 11, 2019. The case is still under investigation.