By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two Central Louisiana municipalities are cited for numerous issues in audits that ranged from using public funds to buy flowers for residents to malfeasance in office.

An audit of Forest Hill cited 22 findings with the Rapides Parish village, including four that violated the Louisiana Constitution, along with problems with payroll and utilities. Another audit looked at Rosepine, finding that an employee kept and improperly used a town gas card before and after being terminated.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1yvvInP ) both annual financial audits were released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office.

The Forest Hill audit, which covers the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, cited three separate instances where a clerk made personal charges on the village’s credit card. It also found that a clerk made an additional payment to herself “in excess of her authorized wage,” reads the report.

The clerk was not named in the audit. However, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 5 arrested a former village deputy clerk, Trista Nicole Goleman, charging her with 17 counts each of forgery, malfeasance in office, injuring public records and filing false public records. According to a release at the time of Goleman’s arrest, she allegedly had been cashing money orders sent to the village by people who were paying fines.



The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office said Monday that it did not yet have the file on Goleman. The file should be turned over to the DA’s office by the end of this week, according to the sheriff’s office. The audit does note that the village was reimbursed for the charges and excess payment.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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