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Guilty plea ends ex-warden’s fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana prison warden has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden Nathan Cain’s plea on Wednesday ended a trial that began Monday in Alexandria.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the 51-year-old Cain pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a case involving his ex-wife, Tonia Bandy Cain, the former manager of the prison’s business office.

Prosecutors said Corrections Department bank cards were used to purchase personal items including furniture, pet supplies and gun parts. The cards also were used for construction materials for a home on prison grounds.

The Advocate reports Cain pleaded guilty just before his ex-wife was to testify. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Tonia Cain pleaded guilty in July to wire fraud conspiracy and awaits sentencing.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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