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Legislative auditor slams practices in Independence

Louisiana's legislative auditor has released several reports tracking accountability and transparency in Louisiana government. One of the audits reviewed spending practices in the small town of Independence in Tangipahoa Parish.

The findings run down several issues, including a city employee who allegedly used hundreds of dollars of taxpayer money to fill up a personal vehicle, and a town credit card bill for hundreds more at a casino that had no documentation to support it.

In all, the audit includes 13 findings that cited problems in the town's fiscal operations in 2012.

According to the report, employees allegedly used town fuel cards to fill their personal vehicles. Mayor Michael Ragusa tells FOX 8 that one person admitted to racking up more than $500 in fuel and was suspended at the time.

You can read the Independence report and several others at the legislative auditor's web site.

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