February 25, 2015 12:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU said an audit found U. S. Senator Bill Cassidy met all his obligations during part-time educational work which drew attacks by former Senator Mary Landrieu during last year's elections.
The university said Cassidy was fairly compensated for work done at the LSU Health Sciences Center... more »
February 2, 2015 5:41 PM
MARINGOUIN - A scathing audit released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found major problems within the Maringouin Police Department.
Former Chief John Simien is accused of violating the law, according to the audit. It found Simien billed taxpayers for hotel stays after his conferences were over, received nearly $31,000... more »
February 2, 2015 11:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state fire marshal's office is falling short in its building inspections and five prevention monitoring. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's Office issued a report Monday that said the fire marshal hasn't consistently inspected Louisiana's schools, universities, state buildings and health facilities to ensure... more »
January 26, 2015 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - A former EBR School employee was arrested accused of stealing nearly $9,500 worth of iPads, projectors and other electronics from Northdale Superintendent's Academy.
The theft was discovered as the EBR School System conducted a routine inventory of items. The principal at the school contacted authorities once... more »
December 15, 2014 11:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state-managed Recovery School District can't locate $7 million in property, things like computers and equipment. It's the eighth year in a row that Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office has found the same problem for the school district, which is a network of... more »
December 2, 2014 5:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new state audit of Grambling State University shows equipment thefts totaling more than $130,000 and an unbalanced budget with more total expenses than revenues in each of the five years analyzed. According to the audit released Monday by the legislative auditor's office, the thefts included plumbing... more »
November 24, 2014 11:27 AM
LEEVILLE - A state audit says the La. 1 bridge in Leeville is collecting more money from tolls after years of under-collecting. The bridge was built partially on money to be repaid through the tolls. But revenue from those tolls lagged, and the state lagged on repaying the debt. Recent... more »
November 24, 2014 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal fired the head of his Office of Elderly Affairs in 2012 and never named another executive director. A new audit says that lack of leadership has lessened the effectiveness of the agency's mission to help the elderly. In a review released Monday, the Legislative... more »
October 22, 2014 10:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University. The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than $290 million in recovery aid given to Tulane after... more »
September 29, 2014 5:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is explaining an audit that details some mistakes the organization made when it submitted payments for payroll taxes and employee contributions.
The audit shows that the group was not making those payments on time, but the organization says that's because... more »
September 28, 2014 5:00 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. - Auditors say the State Fair of Louisiana could take several steps to improve its accounting practices. Accountant James McClelland recommended the minor changes in a letter accompanying the fair's 2012 and 2013 audits made available by the legislative auditor's office. The fair ended 2012 with slightly more... more »
September 9, 2014 10:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - A recently released federal audit shows Louisiana's Medicaid program overpaid $3.1 million in incentives to 13 hospitals in 2011 and underpaid several others. The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentives program began in 2011 to encourage hospitals and other health care professionals to use electronic health... more »
September 8, 2014 10:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state agencies are paying above-market rates to rent office space from New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and $625,000 for space it's not using. Those are the findings of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, whose office reviewed the lease deal. Gov. Bobby... more »
August 19, 2014 6:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Capitol Area Transit System met Tuesday to discuss a recent audit that detailed over-spending, unaccounted for payments, and poor record keeping.
The board in charge of the taxpayer-funded system also examined how new CEO, Bob Mirabito, is doing thus far. CATS has been under new... more »
August 18, 2014 10:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor's office is raising questions about the usefulness of an annual report evaluating private managed-care networks handling health services for Louisiana Medicaid patients. In a review released Monday, the auditor's office says the report that the Department of Health and Hospitals provided to lawmakers in... more »
August 11, 2014 2:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - USS Kidd leaders are working to correct financial troubles, mismanagement and lack of oversight made by its previous administration.
Last September, News 2's Investigative Unit first uncovered the problems and questionable spending surrounding the ship. The Legislative Auditor's office released the ship's 2013 audit Monday, giving... more »
August 4, 2014 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - An audit says the Department of Environmental Quality hasn't properly collected fees in a program designed to keep tires from being dumped illegally. The review was released Monday by the legislative auditor. Louisiana residents pay a fee when they buy new tires to help cover the cost... more »
August 1, 2014 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - Auditors looking at state payments to private schools through Louisiana's $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year. Education Superintendent John White said Friday the money has been recouped from the schools, by backing the dollars out of the last round... more »
July 26, 2014 9:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The U.S.S Kidd is trying to stay afloat after the state audit was unable to do a proper audit report by giving an opinion on financial shape of the Kidd because of the lack of expense records.
Amy Torres and her family made the trip from... more »
July 14, 2014 5:01 PM
NEW ROADS - An audit done on the city of New Roads is putting city officials under pressure to cut spending.
Money's been spent on major projects to build up the city's infrastructure. An audit was done on the city's finances for the past year. It found the city... more »
July 14, 2014 10:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state lost $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar syrup mill in southwest Louisiana. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office looked at the building, leasing and selling of the Lacassine mill. In a report issued Monday, auditors say Louisiana spent $76.7... more »
July 14, 2014 6:47 AM
BATON ROUGE- A scathing audit released this morning by the State Legislative Auditor's Office found major compliance problems with the state agency charged with making sure banks and lenders follow the law. What does this mean for you? If you received a payday loan over the past three years, you... more »
July 8, 2014 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new state audit finds a dozen guns and more than three dozen bulletproof vests belonging to state's Department of Public Safety and Corrections went missing over the past few years and haven't been found. The Advocate reports the audit exposing the missing corrections gear prompted the... more »
July 7, 2014 11:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A state audit has found that about $1.3 million in federal food card benefits were used after the legal benefit recipients had died. The audit looked at Louisiana Purchase food cards assigned to one-person households during the four years ending June 30, 2013. It found that 3,938... more »
June 30, 2014 2:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state's self-insurance agency. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates in June 2010 to take over much of... more »
May 26, 2014 11:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the Louisiana State Police lost out on millions of dollars it should have collected on background check fees for health care providers and ambulance staff. In a report released Monday, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said state police didn't properly collect the fee... more »
April 25, 2014 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state's dilapidated bridges forced an even lower mark on a national list ranking the worst highway structures.
The state ranks thirteenth of the places with the most structurally deficient bridges.
The list was published almost two weeks after a s tate audit found the state... more »
April 14, 2014 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The effectiveness of the Department of Children and Family Services is a point of concern for the legislative auditor.
When it comes to investigating and removing at-risk children from dangerous environments, Children and Family Services takes charge.
"They have to get to know the families.... more »
April 14, 2014 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - An audit finds the state agency charged with protecting children in abuse and neglect situations has fewer workers, more cases and has failed to follow its own policies. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released the report early Monday. The state Department of Children and Family Services, called DCFS,... more »
April 7, 2014 2:43 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit says the state Department of Transportation and Development needs to improve its inspections of Louisiana's bridges. Auditors say the department falls short of full compliance with federal guidelines about the inspection frequency and procedures that should be in place for making sure... more »
March 20, 2014 9:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night to run its own audit following one done by the state that found serious issues.
Auditors said student records had serious errors and found evidence of diploma fraud.
But, at the meeting, BESE and state... more »
March 17, 2014 5:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor expressed his unhappiness with the state, after it released an investigation into the school system without interviewing him first about the findings.
"It seems everyone was informed of this," Taylor said. "I've never know of an audit report... more »
March 17, 2014 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is lax in monitoring businesses that have permits to sell alcohol, skipping some routine inspections and shrinking compliance checks. Those are the findings of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office. It looked at the ATC's regulation... more »
February 24, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - A report from the Legislative Auditor shows the Baton Rouge bus system failed to collect and deposit money from fares and paid employees for time they did not work.
The discrepancies came over an 18 month period starting in 2012. During that time, the report says... more »
February 17, 2014 4:09 PM
PORT ALLEN - An audit conducted on Port Allen's finances raised red flags surrounding issues that were taking place under recalled mayor Deedy Slaughter's watch.
The audit was released two days after she qualified to run for mayor for a second time. Voters recalled her in November by a... more »
February 17, 2014 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - The board that oversees Louisiana's public defender system does a poor job of making sure the lawyers defending clients accused of first-degree murder and facing the death penalty are providing adequate legal representation. That's the finding of a report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office. The... more »
February 10, 2014 4:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - A scathing audit suggests big changes need to be made at the Capital Area Technical College run by Baton Rouge Community College.
The audit found there was a lack of financial oversight at the college, which serves hundreds of students in 15 different programs.
Corey... more »
January 13, 2014 10:42 PM
GREENSBURG- Auditors, looking over the sheriff's accounting books here for the Legislative Auditor, suggest the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office keeps messy books and may have broken the law concerning how it purchased telephone equipment recently.
"The Sheriff violated the public bid law for the purchase of a $19,963... more »
December 23, 2013 11:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A lack of strong oversight and record-keeping has been found in an audit of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
The audit looked at a marketing campaign funded by BP following the 2010 gulf oil spill.
It says the former executive director approved transactions... more »
December 2, 2013 5:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Changes are coming to East Baton Rouge departments after an audit revealed mismanagement of thousands of dollars, $12,000 from the Department of Public Works alone.
The year-end audit revealed questionable purchases by the Metro Council using a city credit card, theft in the Department of Public Works,... more »
December 2, 2013 11:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue hasn't been making sure oil and gas companies pay all their severance taxes, according to a new audit.
Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the state could be missing out on millions of dollars it is owed.
Oil and gas severance... more »
November 26, 2013 12:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Southeastern Louisiana University is missing more than $50,000 in computer equipment according to a state audit.
The audit says the university either misplaced or lost the equipment it loaned to high schools as part of a program to encourage disadvantaged student to attend college. A report... more »
November 25, 2013 11:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is making major changes to how it runs its supplemental nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children.
It's in response to a new audit showing Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job in monitoring the... more »
November 21, 2013 4:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Tax Commission has reversed course, agreeing to follow audit recommendations that the board make changes in its review of the work of parish tax assessors. A July audit from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office said the commission's oversight of property taxes was inadequate. It said... more »
November 13, 2013 8:17 AM
SLAUGHTER - A financial audit for the town of Slaughter for the fiscal year 2012-2013 shows late payments for insurance and employee health care coverage, improper bank reconciliation of funds and late bond reserve payments.
Auditors say the problems were all due to a town clerk out on an... more »
November 4, 2013 3:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, says her department will recoup all of the money improperly paid to private companies to oversee Medicaid services for 1,700 people after they had died. An audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the Department of Health and Hospitals... more »
November 4, 2013 7:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for 1,727 people who had died.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released the audit Monday, looking at fees that the state Department of Health and Hospitals paid in the... more »
October 28, 2013 11:54 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Police Department may not have properly reported crime data, according to a legislative audit.
The report on dispatch data says the NOPD answered calls that did not appear in information reported to state and federal officials.
The audit looked at 1,000 calls... more »
October 22, 2013 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - New audits say that two groups that helped host the Super Bowl in New Orleans earlier this year should have held public meetings when they decided how to spend state and local tax dollars.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office released reports Monday from an outside accounting... more »
October 20, 2013 10:50 AM
DERIDDER - The Beauregard Parish Police Jury didn't properly review financial records and deposited $1.7 million in various accounts but didn't record the money in the general ledger, according to a report by the state legislative auditor's office. The report also says parish officials failed to properly record federal grant... more »
October 14, 2013 8:52 AM
JAMAICA- The Associated Press has learned that the world's anti-doping authority is launching an "extraordinary" audit of Jamaica's drug-testing agency following allegations that its policing of the island's sprinting superstars led by Usain Bolt all but collapsed in the months before the London Games. WADA's probe follows data the former... more »
September 16, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new review by the legislative auditor says the state Department of Natural Resources hasn't done a consistent job of collecting the millions in royalties owed to the state from oil and gas activity. The audit says lax reviews by the department's Office of Mineral Resources could... more »
August 26, 2013 3:26 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... more »
August 19, 2013 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first... more »
August 12, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue.
CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
August 1, 2013 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Millions of pounds of ice from Hurricane Isaac were allowed to melt away following the storm, according to a report by the Office of the State Inspector General.
According to the report, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 45 million pounds of... more »
July 29, 2013 10:50 AM
HOUMA - A state audit finds Terrebonne's former sheriff must repay more than $19,000 and may have violated several state laws during his four years in office, including during filming of the reality TV show 'Cajun Justice.' Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera tells The Courier copies of the report have been... more »
July 16, 2013 2:34 PM
WASHINGTON - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative political groups is heading back to Capitol Hill as a key House Democrat says his committee's investigation has found no evidence of political bias at the agency. IRS inspector general J. Russell George is... more »
July 15, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the Louisiana Tax Commission has regularly approved changes that parish tax assessors made to homeowners' tax bills without checking the accuracy of those changes. In a review released Monday, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office raised questions about whether the tax commission is properly... more »
July 8, 2013 12:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Southern University has been collecting student fees for a yearbook that hasn't been produced for five years. The report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office says Southern University collected nearly $817,000 from July 2008 through June 2012 in student fees for... more »
June 10, 2013 5:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says 79 percent of community and technical colleges using a program that lets them raise student tuition didn't provide reliable data to gain that permission. The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office was released Monday. It echoed findings from a year earlier, which... more »
June 10, 2013 2:01 PM
JONESBORO - The state Legislative Auditor says the town of Jonesboro's financial records could not be audited for the 2012 fiscal year because of accounting inadequacies. A report released Monday by auditor Daryl Purpera also noted other problems. They include improper accounting of traffic tickets, water and sewer collection issues,... more »
May 23, 2013 10:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- A member of the Republican Party asked the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to peek into the finances of the GOP in the state WBRZ News 2 learned.
The new information came a day after a WBRZ News 2 report about outrage in the party after leaders received a... more »
May 22, 2013 9:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Questions surround the state Capitol after the Legislative Auditor told the Republican Party of Louisiana to hand over financial documents.
"State law says they are suppose to submit it," Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said. Recently, a legislator brought the law to his attention.
State statute... more »
May 20, 2013 11:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state education department had gaps in its monitoring of the academic performance of Louisiana's charter schools. The review, released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office, looked at charter school monitoring activities during the 2011-12 budget year. The audit says the Department... more »
May 13, 2013 11:46 AM
FOLSOM, La. - A state audit of the finances of the village of Folsom cites 19 findings of deficiencies, including undocumented fuel expenses for a vehicle driven by the mayor. The report from the state legislative auditor's office, prepared by the firm of Griffin and Co., also finds that more... more »
May 13, 2013 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize all but one of the LSU-run hospitals across south Louisiana would cost the state $42 million for layoff costs. The analysis by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says privatization of six hospitals in the LSU Health Care... more »
May 6, 2013 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office.
The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
April 15, 2013 5:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Students at Capital Area Technical College missed out on financial aid, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
The reports says 693 students attending CATC did not receive academic excellence and operational fee waivers totalling $58,635, although they were later identified as being eligible.
Almost 3,500... more »
April 3, 2013 2:32 PM
WASHINGTON- Federal investigators say as much as $700 million in federal aid intended to help some 24,000 Louisiana families elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 may have been misspent. A report by the Housing and Urban Development Department's inspector general says some homeowners who got grants... more »
March 26, 2013 9:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS- An audit finds the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans did not confirm patients were eligible for a federally-funded HIV program for low-income individuals and families. While the hospital has since outsourced eligibility screenings to the Department of Health and Hospitals, no plan is yet in place... more »
February 25, 2013 8:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's "Katrina cottages" program paid significantly more per house than other similar initiatives. And in some instances, the audit says the homes were poorly constructed and families were forced to temporarily move out. The review of the problem-plagued $75 million program was released... more »
January 24, 2013 5:46 PM
BAKER - Some tough decisions need to made about the safety of Baker High School.
The building is falling apart and parents are worried about their kids.
"The condition of the school needs to be repaired," said Estelle Jarvis.
About 500 students attend the 63- year-old school.... more »
December 11, 2012 9:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 34-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been booked with seven counts of Medicaid fraud for filing false claims.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says Angela A. Taylor was arrested by investigators from the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on Thursday.
Caldwell says the complaint... more »
November 26, 2012 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's Office of Public Health has fallen short in its inspections of restaurants and other retail establishments that serve food, failing to ensure the meals are safe. The audit says the state issued permits to restaurants that didn't correct past violations, rarely assessed... more »
August 21, 2012 3:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state commissioner for the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control demoted two agents and said a third resigned in the wake of an audit into just how much time they were spending at work.
Commissioner Troy Hebert said the internal investigation looked into suspected payroll... more »