- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, La. (AP) - Missing government money, potential nepotism and evidence of other crimes have been uncovered by the Louisiana legislative auditor during an investigation of the town of Independence.

Since the report was released last week, The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1K7ItxI) elected officials and former staffers have hurled accusations at each other, alleging intimidation, political undermining and subterfuge in the town of 1,687 residents.

Earlier this year, a private firm published Independence’s annual audit, noting several troubling discoveries, including several thousands of dollars from utility payments that the town could not account for.

The state stepped in and confirmed suspicions, and now the District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the report, though no charges have been filed.


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

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