LSP answers audit findings of not properly collecting fees

Louisiana State Police Headquarters
Louisiana State Police Headquarters

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP/WAFB) - A new audit states Louisiana State Police lost out on millions of dollars it should have collected, but officials with LSP said they followed the law.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said in a report released Monday that state police didn't properly collect the fee on background check fees for health care providers and ambulance staff for 20 years.

The report added a $10 fee was set in 1993 by a law requiring a criminal history check of any non-licensed person or licensed ambulance staff providing nursing care or health-related services.

According to Louisiana State Police, when the law was first implemented in 1993, it was interpreted that other agencies who perform the checks would collect the money.

Officials with LSP added that later, a reinterpretation was handed down that a fee would be collected no matter who did the checks. They said they obeyed the new interpretation of the law.

The fee was raised to $26 in 2002.

According to the audit, state police didn't charge the fee for background check requests made through a sheriff's office before July 1, 2013.

Auditors said lost fee revenues from April 2012 through June 2013 totaled $3.2 million. The total amount lost wasn't clear.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved. Melissa Deslatte with The Associated Press contributed to this report.