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