A recent arrest has the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office reminding citizens and business owners to closely monitor their bank accounts and credit card statements.

Rachel Nelson was arrested on Feb. 22 after the VPSO investigated a complaint by a local business.

Through the investigation, the VPSO found that Nelson allegedly took more than $100,000 from the local business where she worked as an employee.

Nelson was arrested and charged with one count of Identity Theft and one count of Forgery.

It was revealed her alleged criminal activity took place over the course of a three year period that she was living and working in Vernon Parish.

Detective Rhonda Jordan said: “The business provided documentation in which it is alleged that during her employment with the business Nelson took in excess of $100k from various business accounts and business credit cards.  She did reside in Vernon Parish at the time of the thefts which are alleged to have occurred between 2015-2018.”

Nelson could potentially face a maximum of 10 years in prison for each charge if she is convicted. Her bond was set at $10,000 and she has since posted bond and was released.

The VPSO is reminding all citizens and local business owners to avoid situations like these by closely inspecting their bank accounts and credit card statements.