Lawmakers ask state auditor to dig into Angola rodeo financial records

Lawmakers ask state auditor to dig into Angola rodeo financial records

ANGOLA, LA (WAFB) - Lawmakers want the state auditor to dig deeper into the financial history of Angola Prison. This comes after a January audit revealed some major financial troubles.

Among the findings were accusations that former Warden Burl Cain used prison maintenance employees to work on his personal home, and that more than $6 million generated by the Angola Prison Rodeo was deposited into a private bank account instead of the state treasury.

In a special meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council, lawmakers asked legislative auditor, Daryl Purpera, to review a decade of financial documents from the rodeo. Lawmakers want Purpera's office to determine if other funds weren't properly documented and where they went. Former Angola warden Burl Cain resigned in January 2016 after two decades in charge, amid allegations of management misconduct.

"I'm not here to make excuses. This is embarrassing for us and we need to fix this and I think we have fixed this," said Jimmy Leblanc, the secretary of the Department of Corrections.

Leblanc told the council his department has taken steps to correct some of the issues brought up by the audit, including adjusting employee pay scales and reviewing how they keep track of hours worked.

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