UPDATE (KTVE/KARD) — On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, more information appeared surrounding the arrest of Deborah Dollar has been released. According to reports, the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office received approximately $586,811 more in taxes, fines, and fees than was deposited from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2021.
Dollar, who was the Chief Civil Deputy at the time, advised authorities that she took cash that was collected by the sheriff’s office, depositing it into her and/or her daughters’ bank accounts. From January 1, 2017, to September 14, 2021, $167,398 was deposited in Dollar’s bank account and $9,489 was deposited in her daughters’ bank accounts.
According to reports, Dollar violated state law when she used the sheriff’s office’s funds for her and her daughters’ personal benefit.
UPDATE: CALDWELL PARISH, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The Louisiana State Police have released new details about the arrest of Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Civil Deputy.
According to police, in September the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division along with the Monroe Field Office was asked to help investigate a possible theft involving the Chief Civil Deputy for Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to police, CPSO deputies got a tip that cash may have been stolen from the cash drawer at the Sheriff’s Office that is used to hold money collected for fines and fees.
Investigators say LSP Detectives identified Debbie Dollar, 58, as the suspect in the case. Over the course of the investigation detectives learned Dollar had stolen over $35,000 from the cash drawer since January 2020, according to police.
Police say Dollar was arrested early in the morning on September 14, 2021 and charged with one count of Malfeasance in Office and one count of felony Theft.
Officers say Dollar was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail and her bond was set at $4,000.
CALDWELL PARISH, La. (KTVE/KARD) (September 14, 2021 3:33 p.m.) — The Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested their Chief Civil Deputy.
According to deputies, Deborah Dollar was arrested by Louisiana State Police on 1 count of Malfeasance in Office-Felony and 1 count of Theft, Felony.
Deputies say due to the ongoing investigation they will not be releasing a statement or giving interviews to discuss the details of the case at this time.
Sheriff Clay Bennett says he wants to assure the citizens of Caldwell Parish that they are committed to the highest level of ethical standards for their deputies and in no way does this reflect the values or dedication of the men and women of the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Department.
“I want to make sure that our community understands that I will not tolerate any misconduct by the people that are sworn to uphold the law and protect the citizens of Caldwell Parish,” says Caldwell Parish Sheriff, Clay Bennett.