BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Office of Internal Audit was contacted in May 2015 in reference to missing funds within the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts (CMDA). The missing funds were collections of admission fees to theatre productions.
David N. Rodriguez, 48, had custody and control of theatre funds which were to be deposited into an account for LSU student theatre productions, according to LSU.
Rodriguez was an Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Theatre within the CMDA where he has been continuously employed since March 1, 2004. He has been terminated from the university and was arrested by the LSU Police Department.
The audit showed Rodriguez could not account for the missing $82,132.60, which was in his control. The funds were collected for theatre productions happening between June 2010 and March 2015.
Sixty student productions were held during the period of June 2010 through March 2015, with total collections of $187,212.24 of which $82,132.60 cannot be accounted for.
The audit also states:
Documents state Rodriguez acknowledged that over the years he took money from production "banks" as well as funds to be deposited, sometimes even the entire amount for a given deposit. He stated that he spent these funds to purchase various items for use by the Department of Theatre. However, with the exception of a few ink cartridges, he could not recall what was purchased, when the items were purchased, or for whom he purchased the items. Mr. Rodriguez then further stated that he did not have any receipts or invoices to document any of the purported purchases.
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Rodriguez was arrested on July 29, 2015 and charged with felony theft. He is booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where no bond has been set at this time.