Arrest made after investigation into missing money at community center

Matthew Patterson (Source: EBRSO)
Matthew Patterson (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An audit released Thursday reveals missing money and sloppy record keeping at the Leo S. Butler Community Center in old South Baton Rouge.

The audit cites several instances where money is missing.

Baton Rouge Police arrested Matthew Patterson III, a former employee at the center charging him in connection with the thefts or misused funds.

Councilwoman Tara Wicker, who now oversees the center, says years of mismanagement led to this abuse of the public's trust.

"The same individual that was taking in the money for leasing the building or something like that, ended up being the same person that was supposed to take the money to the bank," Wicker said of one of the problems revealed in the audit.

"Those kinds of procedures that had been in place here for a long time that we found out about that allowed that opportunity. And apparently some of the money made it to the bank and some of it didn't."

Click here to read the entire audit.

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