Legislative Auditor finds lax child care standards in Louisiana
Posted on 10/15/2018 11:08:00 AM.

The Legislative Auditor says there’s some problems with child care standards in Louisiana. Auditor Krista Baker-Hernandez says the state is lacking many of the nationally recognized regulations on child care, such as our core licensing standards…

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Legislative auditor launches investigation into BRAVE program spending
Posted on 8/5/2017 7:42:00 AM.

A letter US Senator John Kennedy sent to East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has sparked an investigation by the legislative auditor’s office. The probe comes amid allegations federal funds for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program were not as they should be.

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Legislative Auditor can't account for $25 mill missing from AG escrow fund
Posted on 11/22/2016 1:15:00 PM.

State auditors are unsure if the Attorney General’s Office improperly spent nearly $25 million. Beth Davis with the Legislative Auditor’s Office says they requested support for 28 transactions totaling $24.7 million from an escrow account that receives money from court settlements, fines, and other penalties.

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State auditor points out areas the state can do better in protecting taxpayer dollars
Posted on 2/23/2016 5:25:00 AM.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera has released an annual report that points out areas where state government can do a better job of protecting taxpayer dollars. Purpera says on multiple occasions his auditors discovered the Department of Health and Hospitals didn’t do what was needed to receive payments from third parties for medical services provided for Medicaid patients.

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Treasurer Kennedy says state contracts need more control
Posted on 5/12/2015 1:16:00 PM.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state needs far more oversight and transparency in state government contracts in light of a recent report by the state Legislative auditor.  The report found that Louisiana has nearly 15,000 contracts worth about $21 billion with no real way to keep track of many of them.
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State Audit shows failed sugar mill cost tax payers $71 million
Posted on 7/14/2014 11:32:00 AM.
A sugar cane mill constructed in 2006 in Jefferson Davis Parish at the request of at that time Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom ended up costing taxpayers 71-million dollars. That's according to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.
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Audit finds guns/vests went missing from the DOC over past 4 years
Posted on 7/8/2014 11:57:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A recent audit finds that 12 guns and 39 bulletproof vests which belong to the state Department of Public safety disappeared between 2010-2014 and have not been located. First Assistant Legislative Auditor Paul Pendas says they were told most of the missing pistols were stolen.
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State auditiors find $1.3 million in food benefits went to the dead
Posted on 7/7/2014 5:24:00 PM.
A state audit has found that nearly $1.3 million in federal food benefits were used in Louisiana after the legal recipients died. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says benefits for over 3,900 single-person households were spent after the participant's death.
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Legislative Auditor finds possible misuse of public funds by BESE member Walter Lee
Posted on 12/17/2013 5:39:00 AM.
The state Legislative Auditor's Office says the former DeSoto Parish school superintendent may have given himself improper pay raises, misused a parish credit card and bogus reimbursements. Roger Harris is with the Auditor's office. He says their report shows Walter Lee used the card for travel expenses to Baton Rouge for BESE meetings, then submitted for reimbursal of those expenses as if he'd paid them out-of-pocket. Harris says he may have collected over $10-thousand in this manner.
Legislative Auditor, Walter Lee, DeSoto Parish schools, BESE

State Auditor Finds Improper Spending by Former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff
Posted on 7/29/2013 12:14:00 PM.
The state's Legislative Auditor issues a report alleging improper spending & practices by former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois. Auditor Alan Brown says one of the more obvious irregularities was that total compensation paid by the sheriff's department exceeded the legal limit. Brown says there was more...
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