BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A routine audit of a Louisiana state agency uncovered tens of thousands of dollars in bogus checks and investigators said they can't trace who created them.
The annual audit covering the fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 shows a review of financial statements of the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission (LUMVC). The CPA, John McKowen, said while he was going through the commission's March bank statement, he noticed several check numbers were out of sequence. He added, while he tried to trace the check images online through the bank, he noticed three more unauthorized transactions had cleared the bank in April.
McKowen said he contacted the account supervisor and the executive director of the LUMVC. According to the audit, the account supervisor contacted a local bank representative and together they determined that nine unauthorized transactions were made. The total was $16,674.93.
The CPA said it appeared someone had created checks in various business names using the bank's routing number and the commission's account number. The commission contacted the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and the district attorney. It then filed a report with the Baton Rouge Police Department. According to the audit, BRPD has not been able to identify who was behind it and the case has been closed.
The executive director with the commission, Derek Parnell, declined an on-camera interview. He instead released the following statement:
The bank has reimbursed the commission for the stolen funds.