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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Richard Allen enters guilty pleas, sentenced

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  • Former Vernon Parish Coroner Richard Allen recently pled guilty to three counts of misdemeanor theft before Judge Lester Kees in the 30th Judicial District Court. 
    Allen was arrested and charged with five counts of embezzlement in May 2007 after Houston-based SCI Management, parent company of Hixson Funeral Home, contacted the Leesville Police Department regarding thefts from their company.
    On information from SCI Leesville Police obtained warrants  for Allen on charges of theft by embezzlement and misappropriation of funds. Allen turned himself in to officers at the Leesville Police Department where he was booked on five counts of theft (embezzlement). He posted a bond in the amount of $25,000 and was released later the same day.
    Officials from SCI Management alleged that Allen purchased a refrigerator for his residence which was charged to the company. Also, cremation authorization fee checks from SCI were forwarded to Allen to be deposited with the Vernon Parish Police Jury prior to use. SCI also alleges that the majority of these funds were deposited into Allen's personal bank account.
    SCI further claimed that Allen rented commercial vehicles from Leesville Motors on multiple occasions, for use on behalf of Hixson Funeral Home. Investigation into this matter by SCI revealed that the vehicle rental was for Allen's own personal use and not for any matter related to funeral home business.
    Allen also allegedly accepted money for a deposit on an insurance policy for an individual. After contacting American Memorial Life Insurance Company, SCI determined that no policy had ever been issued for the individual requesting the policy. SCI officials claimed that Allen took this money as well.
    Allen pled guilty for the counts of misdemeanor theft. He was ordered to pay a fine of $250 plus cost of court and serve six months in the Vernon Parish Jail for each count.
    The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, and the court suspended the jail sentences and placed Allen on supervised probation for a period of one year for each count.
    Allen must also pay $50 supervision fee per month, while on probation; pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $999; $764.31 and $500; and he must refrain from criminal conduct and he must pay restitution to the Indigent Defender Board in the amount of $250. The  fines and the restitution are to be set up on a payment plan for Allen.

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