Audit Says Homer, LA Mayor in Trouble

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.

See here the complete document.


11 Responses to “Audit Says Homer, LA Mayor in Trouble”

  1. Mr. E Says:

    Homer has become yet another North Louisiana town run into the ground by a black mayor who is now being investigated for malfeasance in office. Anyone else noticing the pattern here? Jonesboro, Gibsland, Homer,… Perhaps it’s time to be a lot more selective when presented with a black mayoral candidate on the ballot.

    • The Jet Says:

      Don’t forget Richwood, Grambling, Ringgold, Coushatta, Ferriday, Lake Providence. List is pretty long and the problems are pretty bad. What is the common thread?

  2. Look I did it again... Says:

    Me thinks that she went to the same underground school for mayors that Leslie Thompson attended…..and looks like she may have some trouble on her hands as well….

    Why does greed come with being elected? Or did the desire for being elected come from greed?

    I think the chicken came before the egg

  3. Dan Burson Says:

    but its ok for the corruption to continue in Lincoln parish right walter.

    Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:48:42 +0000 To:

    • Cowboy Says:

      Don’t know what’s got a burr under your saddle, but Walter helped us clean up the Fire Board while keeping a pretty sharp eye on local government in Lincoln Parish. And, Walter was instrumental in getting Leslie Thompson investigated and convicted.

      Corruption anywhere is never okay, and thrives when the public is unaware of its existence. Traditional media has done a poor job of providing government oversight and has lost its franchise on being the Fourth Estate. Walter and others like him have stepped in to fill the void left by traditional media and provide us the public with a valuable service.

      If you are knocking Walter, then you’re way off. If you’re knocking Lincoln Parish government, well, there’s always room for improvement, but corruption has largely been kept in check with involved citizens who hate paying taxes and absolutely can’t stand to see what they do pay wasted by crooked politicians. The Fire Board certainly got the public’s attention in a way they didn’t anticipate with their ploy to raise fire taxes!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    There are several south Louisiana mayors in jail too….

    It must be the “schooling” they are getting from the man with the plan

  5. Anonymous Says:

    We need to send Walter to Washington D.C to see if he can find the head teacher.

  6. Sammy Clemens Says:

    I believe she was just ignorant and did not get enough schooling to know she was not working for her personal private corporation in which she could do anything she wanted.

    Ignorance is hard to excuse the flat out lying on her trip to Lafayette though…..she was not too bright on that one….

    “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” Mark Twain

  7. Dan Burson Says:

    but nevermind the corruption that continues in Lincoln parish—-right walter.

    Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:48:42 +0000 To:

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