Former McNeese Alumni Association associate director arrested

Published 9:38 am Saturday, September 3, 2022

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent said Stephanie Clark, 38, of Lake Charles was arrested on Friday and charged with theft over $25,000.

Vincent said their office was notified in May of a potential theft of funds. She said the association provided detectives with documents — including a report prepared by a forensic accounting agency detailing unusual credit card activity.

During the investigation detectives learned Clark had a credit card issued to her from the association, as well as access to a credit card that had been issued to a former employee, both of which she used to make unauthorized purchases.

Vincent said Clark admitted to detectives she had made about $50,000 in unauthorized purchases. The detective’s investigation, however, revealed more than $200,000 in unauthorized transactions, including purchases to concerts and stores such as Poshmark, Apple, Nordic Track, Disney and numerous others.

Clark was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

“It does not appear that state funds or McNeese State University funds have been misappropriated,” their statement to the newspaper said.