Audit: Police chief had access to 2 secret bank accounts
BRUSLY - Former police chief Jamie Whaley is under the microscope again following an audit that found he had access to two separate and secret bank accounts as chief.
The situation was discussed Monday evening when Brusly leaders met their regular meeting. They focused conversation on $1500 worth of checks written out to cash, more than $800 in paid phone bills and $600 in money labeled "Drug Buy Money" not backed up with official police paperwork.
"We were very surprised," mayor Joey Normand said.
Auditors were provided copies of bank statements and invoices for a Brusly Auxiliary Police Department account from September 2007 through March 2014 and a Brusly Police Department savings account from July 2005 through June 2008.
"It appears that bank accounts were maintained outside of the governance of the Town of Brusly and not incorporated into the annual audit," CPA Margaret Pritchard said. "Due to the lack of invoice support, proper authorization and proper signatures, generally accepted accounting principles were not followed."
The accounts were not being included in the department's annual audit.
Auditors revealed a $754.21 Guitar Center purchase for a speaker and five channel programmer, a $700 check to cash for back-to-school function and a $600 check made out to cash for jambalaya ingredients. None of the purchases were backed up by invoices.
Council members said the lack of support for reasons why money was spent makes them question the motives.
The audit also showed the department lost more than 20 guns. Seven have been recovered but 13 are still missing.
"It is quite disturbing that that many guns are on the street that one time were purchased by the Town of Brusly and somehow have left the Town of Brusly's police department without the council's knowledge or anyone else's knowledge," Normand said.
Whaley resigned this year after admitting to WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that he charged more than $1,000 worth of fuel for his personal truck and boat to a city credit card. A judge sentenced Whaley to 18 months probation in that case.
In June, state investigators accused Whaley of stealing seven guns from the Brusly Police Department and forging checks to get extra cash. He pleaded not guilty to those charges. His hearing is in October.