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City of Shreveport employee charges woman for public works

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 12:24pm

Shreveport Police officers have charged a city worker in connection with a criminal complaint received by the department.

In Mid-July police investigators were contacted by officials with the City of Shreveport’s Department of Water and Sewerage relative to information they had received regarding allegations of an employee charging a customer for work done by the city. Detectives immediately initiated a full criminal investigation into the matter.

Based on evidence gathered during the course of their inquiry, investigators believe the suspect, identified as 48 year old Ronnie James Efferson, went out to a home in the 5300 block of Sussex Avenue to work on a water main as part of his normal duties and, upon completion of the work, led the homeowner to believe she owed $600 for the repairs. Efferson allegedly returned to the victim’s home later and collected the money.

Authorities obtained an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon charging 48 year old Ronald Efferson with one count of felony theft. Efferson, of the 8200 block of Wildbriar Drive in Shreveport, was taken into custody this morning without incident and booked into the Caddo Parish Correctional Center. Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Brian Crawford commented on the incident, saying, “Although unfortunate and not reflective of the high quality and character of city employees as a whole, the City of Shreveport will not tolerate any improprieties related to workers taking advantage of citizens - monetarily or otherwise - including operating criminally within or outside the scope of their regularly assigned job duties as alleged in this case.”

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