Alexandria, LA (PPN) – A former warden and business manager for a Louisiana prison in Avoyelles Parish were indicted on federal fraud charges Friday. The married couple along with the husband’s father have a history of fraud in the prison system.
Prosecutors accused former warden Nate Cain and wife Tonia Cain- the prison’s business manager – of using state credit cards for personal use.
Avoyelles Correctional Center questioned the administration of Nate Cain before his resignation in 2016 as warden. Cain is the son of longtime Angola Prison warden Burl Cain.
Nate and Tonia Cain face one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and 17 counts of fraud for using a state credit card to purchase a $152, 000 unauthorized house on prison grounds without seeking bids, according to The Associated Press.
Cain’s father, Burl Cain was also accused of misusing state property and labor before resigning in 2016.
The Cain’s used the state credit card for more than three years and divided up purchases to stay below the $5,000 daily limit. The indictment lists many purchases from various stores in Alexandria, Pineville, Mansura, Hessmer, and Bunkie.
This is not Tonia’s first rodeo when it comes to fraud charges. She is also has other state charges pending of malfeasance in office, theft in connection with $31,000 missing from concession sales, and injuring public records.
She ordered employees to shred records after she counted the cash alone. Her trial is set to begin in September for those charges.
Both left the prison in May 2016 while on suspension. Tonia retired and her husband resigned while being investigated for personnel issues.
Tonia has since filed for divorce, according to a local newspaper.
This is a developing story.