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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said an
internal audit shows major abuse of state-issued cell phones by agents in his
Commissioner Troy Hebert said he requested the audit of agency cell phone
records after a senior agent tipped him off about potential misuse of the
added the report uncovered data of agents using hundreds of minutes for
personal use while on-duty and thousands of minutes when off-duty.
to the ATC, one agent racked up 3,000 minutes of personal use on his
state-issued phone. The office said 1,400 of those minutes, which is over 23
hours, were used while he was on the clock.
show 22 agents within ATC used 12,328 minutes, which is 205 hours, for personal
use in October. Over 5,400 minutes, or 90 hours, of those personal calls
happened while the agents were on the clock.
type of blatant abuse of taxpayer dollars will not be tolerated," Hebert
said. "Rather than spending their time dealing with ATC issues,
agents have decided to spend hours on personal phone calls and claiming pay
from the state while doing so. Then, to make it even worse, they were using a
phone paid for by the state to do it."
Below is a
breakdown of minutes used in October by some agents:
disciplinary actions are pending and he has put a stop to this type of abuse.
He added the results of the audit will be sent to the legislative auditor and
inspector general for possible further investigation.