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Dec 27, 2012 8:04 AM by AP/CS

Audit: financial mismanagement by ex-sheriff

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A months-long review of former Terrebonne Parish sheriff Vernon Bourgeois' administration has turned up allegations of financial mismanagement.

The Courier reports the draft report, prepared by the certified public accounting firm Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co., details more than a dozen "audit concerns," including allegations that could run afoul of the law.

Bourgeois has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Jerry Larpenter, who was sheriff for decades, called for the audit after returning to the office in July following a four-year absence.

Among allegations in the draft report, Bourgeois and a deputy used a parish card to fuel a borrowed RV they took to Talladega Superspeedway for a NASCAR race.

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