BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An audit report found problems with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) use of money, hiring practices and reporting of potential crimes under the previous administration.
The findings of a joint investigation by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and the Office of State Inspector General (OIG) were released Monday. Officials said the investigation was prompted by complaints about happenings under former Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte.
The report stated LDVA improperly used funds, improperly documented work and travel, and failed to inform authorities about potential crimes involving residents at three war veteran homes.
The following statement was released by current VA Secretary Joey Strickland:
Gov. John Bel Edwards also issued a statement on the findings:
According to the audit, the LDVA paid thousands of dollars to a company owned by LaCerte's classmates for improperly documented work without a contract, an employee stealing from a resident was not properly reported to the appropriate authorities and LaCerte is accused of questionable organizational, hiring and pay practices.