Posted: Aug 26, 2013 3:26 PM by Melissa Moore
Updated: Aug 26, 2013 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor says a former budget officer at the Southern University Law Center may have broken the law by failing to deposit more than $280,000 in cash, checks and money orders over three years.
However, the district attorney's office said they don't plan to file any criminal charges in the case.
The report, released today, showed that nearly all the money was in the office of budget officer Earline Crumpton. Only about $8,000 has not been found, according to the report.
SU Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher Jr. said Crumpton, who worked for the Law Center for more than 30 years, had been very ill and was hospitalized for several months at the time the money was discovered in her office. The Law Center's chief financial officer had to go into her office while she was hospitalized and eventually found the money tucked into filing cabinets.
Pitcher said the school immediately notified its internal auditor and the Legislative Auditor. Pitcher said he waited some time after the discovery before telling Crumpton she could not return because her health was so fragile. Crumpton was placed on paid leave until her retirement at the end of June.
The money in question was submitted for application fees, organization dues, merchandise sales and donations to the law center's foundation. Pitcher said most of the checks could be reissued and deposited, and there was no indication any of the money was stolen. The Law Center has already deposited more than $181,000.
Pitcher said new procedures have been put into place to prevent this kind of breakdown in financial systems in the future.