An investigative audit released this morning indicates that the Town of Homer’s mayor Alicia Smith may have serious legal exposure as a result of the findings.
Duplicate and Improper Travel Expenses of Mayor
From June 2011 to February 2013, Town of Homer (Town) Mayor Alecia Smith incurred duplicate and improper travel expenses totaling $3,360. These travel expenses included duplicate meal charges totaling $1,537; travel charges totaling $1,469, for which there appears to be no public purpose; and per diem payments totaling $354 that were not in accordance with Town policy. In addition, on one occasion, the travel expenses incurred by Mayor Smith included false documentation regarding the public purpose of the travel. Travel expenses incurred that are improperly documented, duplicative, unnecessary, personal in nature, or not in compliance with Town policy may violate the Louisiana Constitution and state law.
Mayor Receiving Vehicle Allowance and Mileage Reimbursements
From January 2011 to March 2013, Mayor Smith received monthly vehicle allowance payments totaling $4,100 during the same period in which she submitted and received mileage reimbursements totaling $6,535. Expenses that are duplicative may violate the Louisiana Constitution and state law.
Ethics – Prohibited Transactions with Smith’s Medical Express
From July 15, 2010 to February 22, 2013, the Town issued payments totaling $9,700 to Smith’s Medical Express, a company owned by Mayor Smith’s husband, Anthony Smith. These payments were for medical transportation services authorized by the Claiborne Parish Coroner; however, the Town was responsible for paying the charges and the checks were signed by Mayor Smith. By signing Town checks payable to her husband’s company, Mayor Smith may have violated the state’s ethics law.
Ethics – Prohibited Contractual Arrangement with Mayfield Youth Sports Association
From May 18, 2011 to January 4, 2013, the Town issued payments totaling $11,421 to the Mayfield Youth Sports Association (Mayfield), a nonprofit corporation operated by Fred Young, the Town’s parks and recreation director. As a director of Mayfield, Mr. Young was responsible for spending public funds received from the Town. This relationship created a conflict of interest that may violate the state’s ethics law.
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