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Town of Vivian employee accused of stealing city credit card

Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 at 5:33 PM CDT
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VIVIAN, LA (KSLA) - A woman in charge of taking care of a small Northwest Louisiana town's books is facing charges after a misplaced credit card surfaced at a gas station.

Melissa Rose Miller, 38, of Shreveport is charged with one count of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft. Miller is the bookkeeper for the Town of Vivian.

The Mayor of Vivian, Mike Van Schoick, got a call regarding a city-issued credit card found at a convenience store in Vivian. He said that after he retrieved the card, he took it straight to the police department where officers began to investigate.

Investigators discovered two charges on the card: one of $297 made at the Walmart in Blanchard and a $229 charge at Fred's in Blanchard, according to Vivian Police Chief Ryan Nelson.

Upon review of security camera footage, Nelson said investigators believe it's Miller.

Mayor Van Schoick said that Miller is not authorized to use city-issued credit cards. He then decided to file charges against her.

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