Former McNeese Alumni Association Associate Director Arrested

Former McNeese Alumni Association Associate Director Arrested

Posted at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022

A former associate director of the McNeese Alumni Association has been accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the organization.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman 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 firm detailing unusual credit card activity.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Clark had an association-issued credit card, 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 that she made about $50,000 in unauthorized purchases. The detective’s investigation, however, uncovered over $200,000 in unauthorized transactions, including purchases at concerts and stores such as Poshmark, Apple, Nordic Track, Disney and many more.

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

The McNeese Alumni Association – a separate and independent 501(c)(3) organization – confirmed the investigation to the American press May 5.

“It does not appear that any public funds or McNeese State University funds were misappropriated,” their statement to the newspaper said.

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