BATON ROUGE – A recent audit by the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Parks Commission (BREC), revealed a blatant act of theft that has not yet been resolved as well as several discrepancies in the record keeping of BREC’s share, according to the Louisiana Office of the Legislative Auditor.
Louisiana’s legislative auditor noted that an independent auditor had performed the analysis and recorded one case of embezzlement involving $ 7,600 in lawn equipment.
The auditor’s report says surveillance footage captured at least two people illegally entering a BREC service shop and removing 25 pieces of lawn equipment.
The individuals have not yet been identified, according to the auditor, and although the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident, no charges have been laid.
The auditor also found that BREC does not reconcile its cash accounts on a monthly basis, nor does it regularly review its collection clearing accounts.
In addition to these concerns, the auditor noted that BREC was not in compliance with the Law on Local Government Budget.
Another act of embezzlement was recorded in the report, and the auditor said BREC was successful in identifying the culprit and recovering the stolen funds.
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