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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Friday, August 11, 2017

U.S. Attorney’s Office indicts former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden, wife on fraud charges

ALEXANDRIA, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that the former warden for the Avoyelles Correctional Center and his wife were indicted for fraud.


Nathan Burl Cain II, 50, and Tonia Bandy Cain, 42, both of Moreauville, La., were indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 charges. Count one charges conspiracy to commit wire fraud and counts two through 18 charge wire fraud. According to the indictment, Nathan Cain was the warden of Avoyelles Correctional Center located in Cottonport, La., and Tonia Cain served as the manager of the business office of the facility. They are accused of using Louisiana Department of Corrections credit cards to purchase items for personal use while misrepresenting that the items were bought for official use between December of 2012 and January 2016. The defendants are also accused of structuring purchases.


The defendants face up to 20 years in prison, five years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine per count, and forfeiture in the amount of $152,364.69. An arraignment date has not been set.


The FBI and the Louisiana Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and David J. Ayo are prosecuting the case.


An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Financial Fraud
Updated August 11, 2017