EBR Housing Authority Spent Almost $9,000 in Public Funds on Celebrations, Meals, Employee Gifts
An investigative audit into certain spending by the Housing Authority of East Baton Rouge Parish found at least $8,931 in public money was spent on celebratory functions, meals, and miscellaneous gifts to employees and others.
The audit was conducted as a result of complaints received by the LLA.
Auditors found the Housing Authority spent at least $5,274 for office celebrations and meals between October 2014 and December 2017. The funds paid for annual employee picnics ($2,953) and meals during Christmas celebrations for Housing Authority staff, management, and board members ($2,321).
In addition, auditors found that since October 2014 the Housing Authority had purchased $2,535 in gift cards and gift certificates that were given to employees at celebratory functions, and $1,122 in miscellaneous gifts and/or flower arrangements for Housing Authority employees and board members.
Such spending may violate provisions in the Louisiana Constitution and state law.
For more information contact:
Daryl G. Purpera, CPA, CFE