Judge suspends all but one year
The local man who embezzled nearly $100,000 in public funds from the Webster Parish Coroner's Office has pled guilty to felony theft and sentenced to jail.
Judge Joseph Bleich ordered Bobby Glen Guin to five years in the parish jail with all but one year suspended.
In addition, Guin has already made restitution for the monies he stole (totaling $95,607.98), and he will serve three years active supervised probation once his incarceration is complete.
According to law, Guin could have received 10 years with or without hard labor with fines of no less than $3,000.
State police and Webster Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Guin in August following an investigation into missing monies.
Guin worked as a bookkeeper in the Coroner's Office and was also a math teacher at Webster Junior High.
Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said the money was deposited in Guin's personal account and that he admitted guilt after being confronted with the allegations. According to Marvin, the money was reportedly used to pay costs associated with the world of horse competition.
A local bank notified Webster Coroner Dr. Carlos Irizarry that one of the office's accounts was overdrawn, prompting the elected official to contact law enforcement and confront Guin.
Significant monies flow through the coroner's office including $5,000 per month from the Webster Parish Police Jury as well as payments from the City of Minden for autopsies and charges for death certificates and investigations.
Guin is the latest in a line of Webster Parish public officials charged over the past decade with malfeasance in public office and theft. Other cases have included the arrests of former WP Clerk of Court Sueletha Frazier and WP Tax Assessor Kerry Burns, as well as fire chiefs in Springhill, Shongaloo and Cotton Valley.