Former PA streets dept. superintendent faces 46 counts

Published 5:24 pm Thursday, November 19, 2015

Carleton Edwards, 49, the former superintendent of the Streets Division for the city of Port Arthur, was arrested Thursday on 46 counts of credit card abuse.

A joint investigation between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Port Arthur Police Department uncovered Edwards’ abuse of a city of Port Arthur owned credit card. Edwards is accused of abuse of the credit card during his tenure as superintendent, spanning from July 2014 through October 2015.

After Edwards was arrested at his residence, he was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. Bond for the charges is set at $120,000.00.

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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 Assistant Chief M. Molfino at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

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.

Three Port Arthur streets department employees were fired in October after an investigation indicated the trio had stolen gas on city-issued Fuelman cards.

City Manager Brian McDougal at the time said an investigation into the theft allegations started about a month earlier, and three employees, Carlton Edwards, Steve Guidry and Randall Davis, were implicated. Guidry and Davis have not been arrested.