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Louisiana Tax Commission head arrested, accused of fraud and malfeasance

Louisiana State Police on Friday arrested the administrator for the state commission that oversees property tax assessors, accusing him of charging the state for time when he wasn’t working and using a state rental vehicle for personal use.

Charles Abels III, administrator for the Louisiana Tax Commission, is accused of 63 counts of filing or maintaining false public records and one count each of malfeasance in office and public payroll fraud, all of which are felonies.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor in May contacted State Police about possible payroll fraud by Abels, according to State Police, which then launched a joint investigation with the auditor’s office. Investigators claim that on multiple occasions Abels claimed and was paid for time worked while not in the performance of Tax Commission duties. Investigators also allege Abels used a state rental vehicle for personal use and submitted improper fuel reimbursement requests for the vehicle.

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The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (known before 2006 as LIOGA) was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. Our primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

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