Posted: Dec 13, 2010 10:40 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Dec 13, 2010 11:02 PM
One small Acadiana town is working through big money problems. KATC's Maddie Garrett was at the Delcambre City Council meeting Monday night and uncovered new information about an embezzlement investigation in the city.
After its yearly audit, the City of Delcambre came up short by roughly $7,000.
"It's significant for anybody, anything over a few hundred dollars," said Delcambre City
A little over $2,000 of that missing money was from the Utility Funds. Then allegations of embezzlement surfaced against the Town Clerk, Pat Darby. Ayo says she was terminated and the case has moved forward to the District Attorney's office, but no charges have been filed yet. Ayo says the City did get that money back.
"If they know who got the $2,227 then I want to know who got the $5,000," said Raywood Sons.
Sons was on the agenda at Monday night's meeting to address the council. KATC was not allowed to record the meeting on camera. But inside, Sons mainly asked questions about why the bookkeeping wasn't better in the past.
"I want to know how long all of this has been going on," he said.
Sons worries if there's $5,000 the City can't find and therefore can't get back this year, was there more money in the past that went unaccounted for?
"The town is broke, where's the money? That's all I'm asking," said Sons.
Sons says he wants the State to do a forensic audit of at least the past ten years. And as for that $5,000, Ayo says they may never get it back, but the City is following all of the auditors' recommendations to tighten up the bookkeeping.
"New changes will be put into place as the auditor suggests on the reconciliation, etc, to make sure this type of thing doesn't happen again in the future," said Ayo.
The audit is public record and can be obtained at the Delcambre City Hall. It is 60 pages long and costs $1.00 per page.