Covering Louisiana

Feb 25, 2014 9:03 AM by AP

Audit: transit system may have violated state law

The Capital Area Transit System may have violated state law in failing to adopt safeguards that could have avoided the loss of more than $150,000 in bus fares and bus pass revenue.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office, in an audit released Monday, said CATS failed to account for those funds during an 18-month period beginning in 2012.
The Advocate reports the report shows that CATS management was aware of the cash shortages but failed to "take substantive action to prevent repeated shortages."
An investigation began after CATS management notified the office of suspicious payments showing then-board member Montrell McCaleb used $1,484 of CATS funds to pay his personal bills. McCaleb was investigated by the Louisiana Inspector General's Office, which led to his September arrest. He has yet to be formally charged.

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