- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MARINGOUIN, La. (AP) - A state investigative audit finds several former Maringouin officials may have misused more than $1,000 in public funds and failed to properly account for about $100,000 in supplemental pay from the state.

State audit claims former officials improperly lowered speeding tickets.

The 30-page report also says the town’s former mayor did not provide proper oversight over the police department and the town magistrate improperly reduced 43 percent of the police department’s speeding tickets, costing the town nearly $12,000 in revenue.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Stassi told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/18JU4UA ) on Monday his office is reviewing the audit and will probably meet with state auditors soon to discuss their investigation.

“Under the previous administration, it at times lacked checks and balances,” she said. “I am confident that this administration will continue to make Maringouin one of the greatest places to reside.”

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office said Monday the investigation into the town’s fianc├ęs was started after several complaints about the town’s Police Department.

The audit also says town officials failed to include $116,807 in monthly supplemental pay from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety when calculating state and federal payroll deductions for the former chief and three full-time police officers between Jan. 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2013.

Of the $116,807 in supplemental pay, the audit claims the former chief received $31,000 he wasn’t eligible to get because he was not a POST - Peace Officer Standards and Training - certified police officer. The state requires all officers hired after Jan. 1, 1986, to be POST certified.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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