- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An investigative audit released Thursday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office says retired Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson may have violated state laws in his use of public tax resources for personal gain.

Among the audit’s findings :

-Edmonson improperly moved his family to a state-owned home on the state police compound without paying rent, utilities or taxes on the benefit, which was estimated to be valued at $434,720. The state police paid for electricity, cable, internet service and cleaning supplies, and an inmate that worked on the state police compound was exclusively assigned to the home to cook, clean and walk Edmonson’s dog.

-Edmonson used troopers and state vehicles to run personal errands for him and his family during work hours, such as driving his wife, mother-in-law and friends to a Bob Seger concert in Lafayette and the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles.

-State police employees performed repairs on Edmonson’s family member’s vehicles, washed and detailed them, replaced the tires on his wife’s vehicle, changed out the top on his son’s Jeep and performed an alignment on his mother’s vehicle.

-Edmonson, his family and other troopers used the Governor’s Mansion dry cleaning service for free while also receiving a dry cleaning allowance.

-Edmonson used New Orleans hotel rooms planned for troopers assisting with Mardi Gras law enforcement duties to instead house family and friends free of charge. The hotel rooms were paid by the City of New Orleans.

-Edmonson received free meals from the state police cafeteria and allowed state police training facilities to be used without charge and “without a public purpose” by certain employees.


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