Audit prompts 'complete internal review' of fisheries agency
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's wildlife and fisheries secretary says he's ordered a "complete internal review" of his agency's operations.
The move comes after auditors found questionable spending, missing state-owned property and shoddy management of finances in the past leadership of the department.
Charlie Melancon, who took over the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in January, described the changes in his response to an audit released Monday. Draft findings had been previously reported by The Associated Press.
The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office details widespread financial issues across the department under the former secretary. For example, auditors say Gulf oil spill recovery money intended for fish testing instead paid for unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and now-missing fishing equipment.
Melancon says mismanagement of agency money or property "will not be tolerated."
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