- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The state Legislative Auditor’s Office has issued a report saying that $400 disappeared from a drawer at Lake Charles City Court in December.

The missing money resulted in workers at the court being instructed to keep cash drawers locked. Also, the audit report said, surveillance equipment has been installed.

Judge Thomas Quirk told The American Press (http://bit.ly/1BviHgW ) that the matter has been turned over to law enforcement. Quirk said a temporary office worker is no longer employed at the court, but no arrests were made.

“I’ve been on the bench for 36 years, and that’s the only time I know of that something like this has happened,” Quirk said.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office questioned two employees, spokeswoman Kim Myers said.

The report also showed a decrease of more than $1 million in the court’s funds, but attributed that to both the move into a new courthouse and a decrease in tickets paid.

Quirk said the funds were used to construct the building. The building is being paid for through filing and maintenance fees, he said.

“We’re probably the only entity I know that is totally paying for our own building. No tax money is being used,” Quirk said.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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