The Louisiana State Police is actively investigating an alleged theft of over $71,000 from the Village of Anacoco. The Town Clerk allegedly misappropriated funds from 2018-2019.
According to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, a lack of monitoring “resulted in misappropriation of assets and credit card abuse.”
It was noted in the report that expenditures in the general fund exceeded budgeted expenditures by 10.59%, and the budget was not amended for the increase.
The following excerpt from the audit report further explains the extent of the fraud:
“The fraud that allegedly occurred was committed by the Town Clerk and consisted of the Clerk taking multiple payroll checks in excess of the Clerk’s salary, making numerous personal charges on the Village’s credit card, and misappropriation of cash payments taken in at the Village office. As of June 30, 2019, $31,293 of these items were misappropriated and $39,912 were misappropriated between July 1, 2019 and the Clerk’s resignation on September 30, 2019 for a total misappropriation of $71,205. It appears that the additional payroll checks began in July 2018, personal credit card charges began in December 2018, cash payments taken in at the office began in August 2018, and all continued through September 2019.”
The Leesville Daily Leader will provide more details on the investigation as more information is made available.