Legislative auditor's report critical of Orleans Parish Sheriff

Published: Apr. 4, 2016 at 8:28 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2016 at 7:29 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Legislative Auditor  has released an audit critical of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's office criticizing how the agency handles off-duty details worked by it's deputies.

The auditor found ineligible employees received state supplemental payments between the years 2011 and 2014.

That number total $1,026,083 from the state of Louisiana for potentially ineligible clerical and non-enforcement employees.

This may have been a violation of the Louisiana Constitution and state law.

Sheriff's deputies worked off-duty details during their scheduled work shifts.

The audit states: "From October 1, 2010 to November 4, 2014, OPSO paid 16 deputies $4,698 for the same hours during which these deputies appear to have performed off-duty security services. By performing off-duty security services during their regularly-scheduled work hours, these deputies may have violated OPSO policies and procedures for off-duty details and state law."

The report also says the sheriff's office failed to properly advertise bids to renovations to the House of Detention.

The report says from March 2012 to March 2013, OPSO made payments totaling $231,820 to Gulf State, LLC for renovations performed on shower stalls.

Despite being a public works project, the agency failed to publicly advertise the project according to the Public Bid Law.

An unlicensed contractor was used and work was done without a written contract. The auditor also found materials that did not conform to the bid specifications were used.

All of these are possible violations of the Louisiana Constitution and state law.

Read the full report here.

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