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  • Investigative Unit: Scathing audit at BRCC shows glaring problems check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 1, 2015 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The results of an audit conducted by out of state investigators is complete, and it shows glaring problems need to be fixed at Baton Rouge Community College. All of this stems from questionable credentials that were issued by BRCC involving a multi-million dollar federal grant that was... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Parish struggles to finance the jail

    September 28, 2015 7:36 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - Pointe Coupee parish is under fire after an audit shows there's hole by almost a million dollars. "The tax that supports the actually jail is only bringing in a 192,000 dollars so the amount of prisoners that we're housing and the operations itself on the police... more »
  • Auditor: Report on Jindal Medicaid privatization improved

    September 15, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's legislative auditor says the health department is doing a better job of submitting required information about Gov. Bobby Jindal's Medicaid privatization. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office issued a blistering commentary in 2014 that said Jindal's Department of Health and Hospitals submitted a privatization evaluation to lawmakers that... more »
  • Report: City workers caused $100,000 in thefts and damages in 2014 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 17, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A financial report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor revealed that city employees caused more than $100,000 in thefts and damages for the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish in 2014. In January, Baton Rouge Police arrested three Department of Public Works... more »
  • Audit: Oversight of La. veteran homes needs improvement

    August 17, 2015 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit found the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs didn't properly address deficiencies at its five veteran homes or adequately monitor contractors who provide services. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office reviewed the oversight of veteran homes in Bossier City, Jackson, Jennings, Monroe and Reserve. These facilities... more »
  • DCFS report on malnourished case plays blame game check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 15, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Blame is shared among multiple levels of bureaucracy and private parties in a report released Wednesday related to an internal investigation about how the Department of Children and Family Services handled a case involving a malnourished, 15-year-old special needs child. Rose Holland was booked on child... more »
  • Audit finds questionable credit card purchases in New Roads check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 13, 2015 6:11 PM

    NEW ROADS- For the second time in less than a year, Mayor Robert Myer took time out of his day to defend allegations of questionable spending on the city's credit card. He's one of seven employees who used seven city credit cards which had incomplete records, according to an audit... more »
  • Audit cites concerns about deficit in jail sales tax fund

    July 13, 2015 8:26 AM

    LIVINGSTON- A multimillion-dollar deficit in Livingston Parish's jail sales tax fund was among a handful of concerns independent accountants cited in the parish's 2014 audit. The audit also says the parish continues to struggle with keeping its priority road list updated, tracking permit revenue and estimating expenditures in its road... more »
  • LSU Police officer accused of theft

    June 22, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators arrested an LSU Police officer after Louisiana State Police said she was caught skimming money from the agency's books over several years. Authorities charged 46-year-old Carrie Richardson-Heckard of Denham Springs with felony theft. LSP said she was the treasurer for the LSU Police Association from... more »
  • USS Kidd board won't seek restitution from former director

    June 10, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Commissioners overseeing the operations of the USS Kidd and its land-based museum decided not to seek restitution from former director Maury Drummond, accused by state auditors of improper use of public funds. Drummond retired amid allegations he was not spending the non-profit organization's money appropriately. Since... more »
  • Auditor: State agencies fail reporting on tax incentives check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 1, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State agencies that administer tax incentive programs are failing to adequately report the return on investment for those programs, according to the legislative auditor's office. State law requires agencies to annually report to the Legislature the return on investment for their tax incentive programs and whether the... more »
  • Auditor: Oil companies pay too little for oyster damage

    May 18, 2015 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil companies that damage the state's public oyster grounds - for example when they drill wells and lay pipelines - are not required to pay enough in compensation to the state, according to a state legislative auditor's report. This was one of several findings in a Louisiana... more »
  • Audit: State contracts out of control check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 11, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit by the Legislative Auditor found that the state has nearly 15,000 contracts worth $21.3 billion and there's no way to keep track of them. State Treasurer John Kennedy says 4,600 of the contracts are not even cataloged in the registry and could be "back-door"... more »
  • Tulsa County to audit reserve deputy program after shooting

    April 16, 2015 1:40 PM

    TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it will conduct an internal review of its reserve deputy program after a 73-year-old volunteer officer fatally shot an unarmed suspect who was on the ground. Spokesman Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World Thursday that there will be an audit, but... more »
  • Southern University System files late financial report

    March 30, 2015 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Auditors had trouble collecting the information needed to review the Southern University System's books for the last budget year. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the university system filed its annual financial report with the state two months late. And the auditor's office says the financial report that... more »
  • LSU audit says Cassidy fulfilled part-time agreement

    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 »
  • Scathing audit shows problems at Maringouin PD check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: Fire marshal's office needs to improve inspections

    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 »
  • EBR School worker accused of stealing electronics Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit says $7M in Recovery School District property missing

    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 »
  • Audit: Equipment thefts, other problems at GSU

    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 »
  • Audit: La. 1 bridge finances stabilize

    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 »
  • Audit: Elderly office needs stronger leadership

    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 »
  • Audit questions $13 million in Tulane Katrina aid

    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 »
  • Nonprofit explains audit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Fair urged to modify accounting practices

    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 »
  • Audit: La Medicaid overpaid $3.1M to 13 hospitals

    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 »
  • Audit: State pays high lease rates to Saints owner

    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 »
  • CATS' Mirabito setting solid, new foundation

    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 »
  • Auditor questions data in Medicaid program review

    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 »
  • USS Kidd financial woes remain evident in audit

    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 »
  • Audit criticizes handling of waste tire program

    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 »
  • Small overpayments found in La. voucher program

    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 »
  • Auditors unable to give financial status for USS KIDD check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • New Roads urged to stop spending check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: Failed sugar mill cost La. taxpayers $71M

    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 »
  • Audit finds lack of oversight of payday lenders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Corrections dept. audit: Guns, vests missing

    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 »
  • SNAP cards went to dead people, according to audit

    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 »
  • Audit: Risk management privatization saves $16M

    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 »
  • Audit: LSP didn't collect fee properly for years

    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 »
  • Louisiana ranks even lower on bad bridge list

    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 »
  • DCFS faces scrutiny over effectiveness check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Auditor questions state child protection services

    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 »
  • Audit: Bridge inspections fall short of guidelines

    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 »
  • Following error-filled state audit, school system will perform its own

    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 »
  • EBR Superintendent upset with state over investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: Alcohol control office needs improvement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: CATS leaders may have broken state laws check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit shows Slaughter financial issues linger check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: Little monitoring of La. public defenders

    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 »
  • Audit reveals lack of oversight at college check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit questions spending, tax collections of sheriff

    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 »
  • Audit looks at seafood promotion board

    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 »
  • Audit reveals EBR money mismanagement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: State falls short in severance tax review

    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 »
  • Audit shows Southeastern missing computer equipment

    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 »
  • DHH making changes in nutritional program

    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 »
  • Tax commission agrees to make changes after audit

    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 »
  • Town of Slaughter corrects bookkeeping problems

    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 »
  • DHH promises changes after audit check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Audit: DHH paid $1.9M for Medicaid for deceased

    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 »
  • Audit: NOPD not properly reporting crime stats

    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 »
  • Audit: Super Bowl groups violated open meeting law

    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 »
  • Beauregard could not account for $29,000

    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 »
  • World doping agency probing Jamaica

    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 »
  • Audit: State could be losing oil royalty money

    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 »
  • Audit: SULC failed to deposit more than $280,000

    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 »
  • Audit: Mental health privatization increased costs

    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 »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    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 »
  • IG: Millions in ice allowed to melt during Isaac

    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 »
  • Audit: 'Cajun Justice' sheriff owes $19,000 to state

    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 »
  • Congress recalls watchdog to explain IRS audit

    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 »
  • Audit: Panel isn't verifying property tax bills

    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 »
  • Southern collecting yearbook fees, but no book

    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 »
  • Audit: Unreliable data used for tuition hikes

    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 »
  • Report: Poor accounting means no Jonesboro audit

    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 »
  • Republican prompts inquiry into party finances

    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 »
  • Republicans question reason behind financial records request check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »

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