Former Forest Hill town clerk pleads guilty to malfeasance

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The former town clerk for Forest Hill has pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office.

(Source: RPSO)

Cheryl Cloessner, 60, was charged back in October 2015 with theft greater than $25,000, malfeasance in office, injuring public records, and filing false public records.

Cloessner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the malfeasance charge, and as a result, the other charges were dismissed by the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

According to her attorney, Michael Brewer, she reimbursed the town about $400, which was discovered missing in an audit, which she claimed was for overtime worked during the nursery festival that she was told she could bill the town for.

Her attorney also claims that any other money missing from the town was not her doing and she's not responsible for it.

Judge Greg Beard sentenced Cloessner to three years of supervised probation. The case was prosecuted by Brian Mosley.

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