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Audit questions spending by non-profit organization

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Posted: Oct 5, 2010 5:41 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Oct 5, 2010 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Audit, Investigation, Inspector General, Capital Area Legal Services, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

An audit conducted by Inspector General Jeffrey Schanz of Washington, D.C. is calling nearly $300,000 in spending by a local non-profit organization in Baton Rouge unnecessary.

The audit showed from 2005-2009, the director of the Capital Area Legal Services Corporation expensed items for things like dinners, cars and entertainment. The organization provides legal services for the indigent.

The audit suggests significant improvements be made in regards to spending practices. The questionable purchases included nearly $80,000 for fuel and lease costs on a Toyota Camry for three years.

The audit also said Executive Director James Wayne frequently expensed meals totaling nearly $12,000 at the Camelot Club located in one of the Chase Towers downtown.

The audit said the organization could face sanctions and may have to pay back some of that money.

"If you care about how your tax payer dollars are being spent, then yes. You would like them to be spent on the purposes intended," said Schanz when asked whether people should be outraged about the situation.

Wayne's secretary told News 2 he had no comment on the audit. An attorney who responded to the audit denied the organization misused funds. However, changes have been implemented within the office to ensure compliance in the future.

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