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Pointe Coupee launches investigation over fuel discrepancy

10 months ago July 22, 2014 Jul 22, 2014 Tuesday, July 22 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:54:48 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ROADS - Some leaders in Pointe Coupee Parish are pushing for an investigation into allegations surrounding the fraudulent use of fuel cards and more.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned hundreds of dollars in fuel purchases are in question.

"I believe it's fraud and theft," Police Juror Dewey Dukes told News 2.

All of this stems from discrepancies that were first noted by the Pointe Coupee parish treasurer.

The problems stem from gas being fueled up at an Exxon Station on New Roads Street. Parish leaders said the parish employee with a gas card fueled up on a weekend and was not on call.

There are also problems reported at the parish's bulk fuel site. So much gas is unaccounted for there that two police jurors told News 2 parish leaders are pricing surveillance cameras and GPS technology for parish vehicles to get to the bottom of where the gas is going.

"Pointe Coupee has a history of this," Dukes said. "We've been going through this pretty regular."

One police juror hopes the investigation involves law enforcement. He supports taking away fuel cards from parish employees who aren't supervisors.

"I don't know how we'll get a handle on it," Dukes said.

Parish leaders would not say how much fuel is missing or how much money is unaccounted for.

A meeting is being held tonight to talk about this issue. Dukes said he plans to talk about launching an investigation at the meeting in hopes of restoring public trust.

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