Man accused of stealing more than $80K in diesel fuel from school board

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COURTESY: Sharon Cummings (KARD, KTVE)

A Farmerville man, who had access to a Union Parish School Board fuel card, was indicted Wednesday for stealing more than $80,000 in diesel fuel.

The Union Parish grand jury returned the indictment Wednesday charging Terrance Wallace, 43, with theft of more than $25,000 and malfeasance in office. He is being held in the parish detention center with bond set at $75,000.

The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in early January by school board officials who suspected Wallace of illegally purchasing mostly diesel fuel. They had taken the credit card from Wallace in December 2017. Wallace worked in the school board’s maintenance shop.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said detectives determined that the suspected illegal purchases occurred from November 2016 through December 2017.

“He was purchasing a hundred or more gallons at a time. He told the school board that he was filling up three or four buses at a time, but a lot of the time the purchases were being made on weekends, holidays and during the summer when school was not in session,” Gates said.

The sheriff said Wallace did not cooperate with detectives during the investigation and it is not known what he did with the diesel fuel.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Green is handling the case for District Attorney John Belton of the Third Judicial District that covers Union and Lincoln parishes.

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