Alleged Thievery at Simsboro Village Hall

Ex-Simsboro Employee Took About $12,000, Audit Reveals

A former employee of the Village of Simsboro in Lincoln Parish used “unauthorized credits to utility billings” to cover the theft of approximately $12,000 in cash from utility collections, according to an audit report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office.

The audit was performed for the state auditor by the accounting firm of Cameron, Hines and Co. of West Monroe.

The report did not identify the employee. However, it said the employee was fired, and the information about the thefts was turned over to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The report said an exact amount of credits to customer accounts could not be precisely determined, but auditors said indications are it was “around $12,000. The alleged theft came to light as the accounting firm was performing the audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.

“The employee was not properly supervised,” the report said. “Safeguards were not installed within the software package for billing and payments to not allow credits to be entered by the employee.”

Village officials said in their response to the finding that, while it is not cost efficient to hire someone else to provide “some degree of checks and balances,” the mayor or an alderman “will review the accounting each month.” They said the village also now reviews credits to customer accounts on a monthly basis.

The accounting firm also found that the village was late in submitting its financial statements to the state auditor. The annual report for the fiscal year that ended last June was due in the auditor’s office by the end of December, but it was not filed until weeks past the deadline.

See here the complete audit report.

4 Responses to “Alleged Thievery at Simsboro Village Hall”

  1. Oldman Says:

    Something about these small towns,Jonesboro,Gibsland,Dodson’s speed traps,Ruston’s speed traps,and now this happening in Simsboro. We need to hold the people in charge accountable,but then we the voters are the ones responsible. It’s the same at the national level back down,look at the shape our country is in today,broke. It seems we elect the sorriest people on the ballot to office when we have really good people running,from the President back down.

  2. Oldman Says:

    Thievery has gotten to be so common placer it seems ,it’s not news anymore. I’ll bet the parties responsible will never spend time in jail,and problemly not pay full for the money they took. Any bets?

  3. Oldman Says:

    Dan Burson where are you? Simsboro needs your help!

  4. Oldman Says:

    Not heard one coment about Simboro. Thievery is so common now days it’s no longer news. No wonder our country is in the shape it is,no one cares.

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