Audit: LSP didn't collect fee properly for years

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Posted: May 26, 2014 11:57 AM by Melinda Deslatte
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: audit, LSP, state police, background check fees

BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the Louisiana State Police lost out on millions of dollars it should have collected on background check fees for health care providers and ambulance staff.

In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said state police didn't properly collect the fee for 20 years.

The report says a $10 fee was set in 1993 by a law requiring a criminal history check of any non-licensed person or licensed ambulance staff providing nursing care or health-related services. The fee was raised to $26 in 2002.

Before July 1, 2013, the state police didn't charge the fee for background check requests made through a sheriff's office.

Auditors say lost fee revenues from April 2012 through June 2013 totaled $3.2 million. The total amount lost wasn't clear.

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