Murphy Painter indicted for fraud, identity theft

Murphy Painter indicted for fraud, identity theft

POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 4:32pm

The former Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control was indicted today by a federal grand jury.

Murphy Painter of Gonzales has been formally charged with computer fraud, making false statements and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux says if convicted he faces a maximum of 82 years in prison and fines up to more than $12 million.

The 59-year-old resigned from his position as head of the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Board in August of 2010.

Painter is accused of using law enforcement databases for non-official criminal justice purposes.

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