Caddo Parish District 6 commissioner Lynn Cawthorne has been indicted after Federal investigators discovered he had been stealing money from a child nutrition program for his own personal use.
Cawthrone was president of the United Citizens and Neighborhood, a charity agency that helped feed children who couldn’t afford meals during the summer months when the children were not in school. According to a report from KTBS, Cawthrone exaggerated the number of meals he was providing through United Citizens and Neighborhood and pocketed the extra cash.
This was accomplished by using a “shell company” that Cawthrone started.
KTBS reported that over a four-year period Cawthorne stole $536,000. The alleged crimes were committed between 2011-2015. Cawthorne’s sister, Belena Turner, has also been indicted. Turner served as the director of United Citizens and Neighborhood.