Former executive director of homeless shelter accused of embezzlement

By Kyle Barnett | Mar 5, 2014

GRETNA – The former executive director of a homeless shelter is being sued by his former employer for allegedly using a credit card provided by the non-profit organization for personal use.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America filed suit against Donald W. Thompson in the 24th Judicial District Court on Feb. 17.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America alleges that Thompson, formerly the executive director for 13 years of the Tompson Center, was given a credit card to make purchases necessary for the charitable business, but it was later discovered that he had made suspicious purchases with the credit card, the suit states.

The Tompson Center provides services to the homeless including showering, washing clothes, making phone calls, medical care, legal assistance and a place for relaxation, according to the lawsuit.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America claims that a claim was made to them for lost revenue after an audit of purchases made by Thompson on the credit card revealed he had spent $49,225.36 on personal expenses such as fast food, alcohol, prescription drugs and purchases made at Wal-Mart. Subsequently, the plaintiff reimbursed the Tompson Center in an insurance claim for all but a $500 deductible for the amount in question.

The plaintiff asserts Thompson was released from employment at the Tompson Center on Dec. 16, 2013 after being accused of embezzlement and unauthorized use of a credit card.

The defendant is accused of fraud, unjust enrichment, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of duties as mandatary.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for restitution.

Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America is represented by Andrew A. Braun of New Orleans-based Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Scott U. Schlegel.

Case no. 735-610.

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