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MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the wife of a former prison warden on charges of theft of $25,000 or more, malfeasance and injuring public records.

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle III tells The Advocate Tonia Cain was indicted Thursday.

She and her husband, Nate Cain, resigned their posts at Avoyelles Correctional Center in May amid a series of investigations into their actions at the prison, where Tonia Cain served as business manager.

The indictment grew out of a legislative audit that suggested she had ordered subordinates to shred records related to concession sales to hide that more than $30,000 was missing.

Cain's attorney, Jill Craft, denied her client committed any crimes. She says Tonia Cain is innocent and when a jury hears the evidence, she will be exonerated.


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