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Attorneys for fired SU band director say newly released audit is 'rush to judgement'

Former SU Band Director Nathan Haymer (Source: Facebook) Former SU Band Director Nathan Haymer (Source: Facebook)
Nathan Haymer's attorneys held a press conference Friday to address the school's finding after an internal audit was conducted (Source: WAFB) Nathan Haymer's attorneys held a press conference Friday to address the school's finding after an internal audit was conducted (Source: WAFB)
Attorney Karl Bernard spoke on Nathan Haymer's behalf Friday (Source: WAFB) Attorney Karl Bernard spoke on Nathan Haymer's behalf Friday (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Attorneys for the ousted Southern University band director are responding to a state audit that claims he mishandled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Attorneys for the former SU band director, Nathan Haymer, call the audit a "rush to judgment." They also say the audit doesn't show the whole picture.

This internal investigation sifts through thousands of emails and bank statements dating all the way back to January 1, 2015. The audit questions how Haymer managed the band's money. The school claims Haymer deposited more than $300,000 in fees associated with band camps and Dancing Doll tryouts into his personal accounts and mismanaged the funds.


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As of July 2018, the audit says $74,033 of the $300,459 had been accounted for, but the school is now wondering where the rest of the $226,426 went.

Haymer's lawyer says the money was not mismanaged and the remaining balance can be accounted for through checks and bank statements from 2014 to 2016, which they plan on handing over to the auditor. The attorney admits that while unorthodox, his client was doing as he was told by supervisors by depositing checks written out to him into his personal accounts.

"Mr. Haymer, who has had seven supervisors in four years, has not been provided with the protocol on how to handle the finances. And what he has done, he has done because he was told to deposit these funds in his personal account and essentially run the finances of the band through his personal account," said Karl Bernard, one of Haymer's attorneys.

Haymer's lawyers say he was routinely issued checks amounting to around $25,000. He says while his client questioned the method, he was told that was how the university managed the funds for years prior to his hiring.

Attorney Winston DeCuir Jr., who represents SU, released a statement Friday afternoon. The full statement reads:

I am disappointed in the representations of Nathan Haymer’s counsel. We have spoken to his counsel on numerous occasions for the past few months in an effort to provide him an opportunity to explain his client's actions. We provided him with a complete copy of the final audit of band camp more than a week ago.

Now, he is misleading the public again by using the University's policy on travel advances to justify his mishandling of revenues generated by band camp. Band camp has always been a University program unlike our athletic camps, which many of our coaches have negotiated as part of their contracts.

We are still awaiting the information that he has promised us as referenced in his press conference. However, in the absence of such information the University is required to seek all redress available under the law.

Bernard says they plan to present this new information to the Southern University Board of Supervisors at their next meeting on August 24. They also plan to ask that Haymer be reconsidered as an employee.

“What we’re hoping the board will do, the president will do as well, is to reconsider their position and Mr. Haymer. I’ll go on record in saying he loves Southern so much that he would even welcome disciplinary action because he recognizes that the accounting methods used were unorthodox.”

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