Former Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Deputy Saul Wilson, of DeRidder, has been arrested for felony theft and malfeasance in office by the Louisiana State Police.
Wilson is alleged to have stolen cash and money orders from evidence and deposited into his personal bank account.
The theft is alleged to have taken place prior to Wilsons retirement from the BPSO in February of this year.
Troopers investigated the case, obtained an arrest warrant and arrested Wilson on Aug 13 for malfeasance in office and felony theft.
Wilson was then booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on a $10,000 bond.
If convicted, Wilson could face up to 10 years in prison at hard labor on the felony theft charge, and a malfeasance in office conviction could see him serve 5 years in prison.
According to state law malfeasance in office occurs when an employee:
Intentionally refuses or fails to perform any duty lawfully required of him or her.
Intentionally performs any such duty in an unlawful manner
Knowingly permit any other public officer or public employee, under his authority, to intentionally refuse or fail to perform any duty lawfully required of him, or to perform any such duty in an unlawful manner.