WASHINGTON PARISH, La. -- A former jail kitchen worker was arrested Tuesday after allegations of using an inmate's information to claim as a dependent on taxes, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.
A former inmate claimed that the worker, Tonya Butler, 45, told the inmate that she wanted to claim them as a dependent on her federal income tax return. Promising the inmate that she would pay her once she received her income tax refund, Butler asked for the inmate's date of birth and social security number, the sheriff's office said.
The inmate victim claimed she cooperated because she feared retaliation from Butler who had authority to remove inmate workers from kitchen assignments.
Butler turned herself into the Sheriff’s Office while accompanied by her attorney following the authorities' investigation and warrant for abuse of office, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.
"Not only is it a criminal violation but also it is a gross violation of the duty of the employee," said Seal in a news release.
The sheriff said she was booked into Washington Parish Jail and released hours later on a $10,000 bond.