By Associated Press - Thursday, December 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana state audit says the state police agency hasn’t been able to provide proof that it spent $2.4 million policing the French Quarter last year.

News outlets report the Department of Public Safety disagrees with audit released Wednesday. The agency says $2.4 million in other funding was used to cover French Quarter policing costs until funding designated for that area’s policing became available.

State police were allocated $2.4 million for French Quarter policing in 2017 through the New Orleans Public Safety Fund, which is legally required to fund public safety services in the area.

Instead of re-designating the funding of previous expenses, state police submitted a single fuel reimbursement request. The audit says the state Legislature’s office can’t determine how funds were spent without proper documentation.

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