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LDR investigation results in arrest of agency employee

October 27, 2009

A former employee of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) faces nine felony charges including identity theft and unauthorized use of credit card information.

Louisiana State Police took Joy Lynn Aikens, of 16118 Aikens Road in Prairieville, into custody on Tuesday, October 27. Her arrest is the result of a joint investigation between state police and the LDR Criminal Investigations Division (CID). The arrest warrant issued by the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish includes the following charges:

• Malfeasance in Office in violation of LRS §14:134 ( 1 count);
• Identity Theft in violation of LRS §14:67.16 ( 2 counts);
• Unauthorized Use of Access Card in violation of LRS §14:67.3 (6 counts).

The allegations against Aikens came to light when two taxpayers contacted LDR claiming that an agency employee requested their credit card information when they called to make payments on their accounts. Requesting credit card information from taxpayers is a violation of LDR policy. The CID investigation determined that Aikens answered both calls, and that she subsequently used one of the credit card numbers to make four unauthorized purchases.

Aikens was also identified as the suspect in the theft of a credit card belonging to another LDR employee. She allegedly used the card to make purchases at several stores in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.

For more information, please contact:

Barry Kelly
Director, Criminal Investigations Division
Louisiana Department of Revenue
225.219.2280
Barry.kelly@la.gov