More than $82,000 stolen from LSU's Dept. of Theatre
BATON ROUGE - Authorities charged a former LSU office worker with theft after an audit found more than $82,000 was taken from the Department of Theatre during the past six years.
LSU Police charged 48-year-old David Rodriguez with felony theft and booked him into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail Wednesday.
The university said an internal audit found $82,132.60 was missing out of a credit union account used by the College of Music and Dramatic Arts to deposit proceeds from ticket sales and concessions. The audit which found the money was missing covered all productions from Nov. 10, 2009 until May 2015.
An LSU spokesperson said the university dismissed Rodriguez after questioning him about the missing funds, and turned their findings over to LSU Police. Detectives said they found Rodriguez was the only person who had access to the deposits made to the credit union, and could not provide an explanation for the missing money.
The department also changed how they handle their accounts in line with recommendations made by the university's audit. LSU attributed the audit and ensuing arrest to its "whistleblower" policy that allows employees to report suspicious activity anonymously, along with managerial controls.
LSU said they are seeking to have the money repaid.