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INDEPENDENCE, La. -- The Board of Alderman approved a resolution allowing the police chief to pursue criminal charges against at least five city employees who allegedly used town fuel cards for personal purchases.

The police chief had given town leaders the choice of handling the matter administratively or in the court system, since they were the victims.

Claims about the misuse of the cards started last August, but Police Chief Frank Edwards said surveillance for just 30 days gave his officers an eyeful.

The results include dozens of gas purchases for personal vehicles, ranging from $40 to more than $500 and could total in the thousands.

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