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State audit: Town of Tullos mishandled funds

4 years ago June 09, 2011 Jun 9, 2011 Thursday, June 09 2011 Thursday, June 09, 2011 5:05:45 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brittany Rivas

BATON ROUGE- A state investigation of the town of Tullos has found that a former clerk may have helped herself to town money, and that a former mayor routinely missed work and dismissed Mayor's Court traffic cases outside the courtroom.

The Legislative Auditor's Office report also says that the former mayor delegated much of his check-signing and other authority over to a former town clerk.

In the three months that auditors investigated, they found the traffic and utility accounts were short thousands of dollars; there were no timesheet logs or personnel records for town employees; and the former mayor adjudicated traffic cases improperly, a possible violation of state law.

The legislative auditor said in the report that he has forwarded the findings to the LaSalle Parish District Attorney's Office.

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