Former Port Arthur employee indicted for theft

Published 12:58 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016

Former City of Port Arthur employee Robert LeBlanc was indicted for theft by a public servant by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.

LeBlanc, 57, is charged with five counts of theft of metal by a public servant.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Leblanc was reportedly involved in the theft of metal from water meters belonging to the city over a five-year period. At the time of the thefts the city was in the process of replacing old water meters. The meters were supposed to be brought back to the water department service center, accounted for and made ready for auction by the city in order to recover funds from the sale of the used/scrap metal from the water meters.

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An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.