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Ex-Florida Parishes Recording Secretary gets 8 years for embezzlement

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Baton Rouge, La. – State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Friday that former Florida Parishes Recording Secretary Brenda Bickford has been sentenced to eight years of hard labor at the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  Caldwell says State District Judge Jerome Winsburg handed down the sentence that day.

In June, Bickford pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of felony theft for her role in embezzling approximately $1.9 million from the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission between 2001 and 2010.  Caldwell accused the 61-year-old of writing checks from the commission and addressing them to a fictitious company she created. An audit of the commission by the Office of Financial Institutions prompted an internal investigation, resulting in her arrest.

Bickford served as the commission's recording secretary for 16 years before she was arrested in March of last year by the Attorney General's Office.

Bickford will be on probation for five years after her release from prison. She was also ordered to pay $1,825,000 in restitution.

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