Corruption: Former Port Arthur Streets Division Supervisor arrested on 46 counts

Corruption: Former Port Arthur Streets Division Supervisor arrested on 46 counts

Nov. 19, Carleton Edwards, 49, the former Superintendent of the Streets Division for the City of Port Arthur, was arrested on 46 counts of credit card abuse. Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Port Arthur Police Department say he was using a city credit card during his time with Port Arthur.

Edwards is accused of abuse of the credit card during his tenure as superintendent, spanning from July 2014 through October 2015.

After Edwards’ arrest at his residence, he was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. Bond for the charges is set at $120,000.

This is an ongoing investigation that involves both current and former employees from several divisions within the City of Port Arthur. Anyone having knowledge or information regarding these investigations is encouraged to come forward and contact Lt. M. Blitch at the Port Arthur Police Department or Asst. Chief M. Molfino at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

According to Molfino, persons coming forward prior to being contacted or charged will be seen as assisting in the investigation and could receive consideration for their cooperation in this ongoing investigation.

“Some people know what is going on (at the city) and some don’t, but if they were involved or if they know of people involved, they should come forward now,” he said.

Molfino added that good police work and the partnership between the police department and the District Attorney’s office had paid off and would result in a strong case against Edwards and any others who may have stolen from taxpayers.

“It’s sad that the people are being stolen from by a city employee who has a responsibility to the public. Lt Blitch has done an extremely thorough investigation. Good police work such as this makes cases easier for the DA’s office to prosecute.

“We are all working toward the same goal.”

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