Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden Cain, wife indicted on federal fraud charges

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 8:48 PM CDT
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The former warden of the Avoyelles Correctional Center and his wife have been indicted on charges that they used a state credit card to make $152,000 in purchases for themselves.

Nate Cain, 50, and Tonia Cain, 42, both of Moreauville were indicted Friday on 18 counts each of fraud by a federal grand jury in Alexandria. Nate Cain resigned as warden in 2016 amid questions about his administration. Tonia Cain had served as manager of the business office of the facility.

According to acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook, the Cains are

accused of using Louisiana Department of Corrections credit cards to purchase items for personal use while misrepresenting that the items were bought for official use between December of 2012 and January 2016. The defendants are also accused of structuring purchases.

Nate the son of Burl Cain, the longtime warden of the state's largest prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Burl Cain himself has been accused of using free inmate labor to enrich himself before he resigned last year.

Nate Cain's lawyer declined comment, saying he hadn't read the indictment. Tonia Cain's lawyer couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The two face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count.

Attached to this article is a full copy of the indictment.