Former Louisiana Town Clerk Charged in Theft Investigation

Published February 12, 2020

After a thorough investigation, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) has arrested the former Town Clerk of Anacoco, 48-year-old Shaunda L. Pridgen. She has been charged with misdemeanor theft (49 counts), felony theft (3 counts), public payroll fraud (22 counts), forgery (58 counts), and malfeasance in office.

In January 2020, LSP AFO was contacted by village officials of Anacoco to investigate discrepancies discovered during an internal audit. The investigation revealed that Pridgen misappropriated approximately $71,000.00 of town funds.

Based on information obtained, investigators were able to secure an arrest warrant for Pridgen. Earlier today, she was booked into the Vernon Parish Detention Center.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.

Contact Information:
S/T Casey Wallace
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 239-0912