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Former St. Landry Parish Official Cleared in Probe

The state attorney general has cleared former St. Landry Parish President Don Menard of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with a legislative auditor's investigation of the more than $16,000 in charges made on Menard's parish-issued credit card.

According to a letter faxed Tuesday to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office, The Advocate reports Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said that he sees no need in pursuing the allegations made against Menard.

Caldwell said he consider the matter closed

Menard served as St. Landry Parish president for a pair of four-year terms that began in 2004.

Menard said Tuesday that the district attorney chose to refer the matter to the state attorney general to avoid any conflict of interest.

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