Jackson Parish Hospital Update

Jackson Parish Hospital Employees Misuse Payroll System

Two former Jackson Parish Hospital employees mismanaged payments for accrued time off and payroll deductions, awarding themselves more than $120,000 in unearned pay and benefits, according to an audit report issued Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office.

Former hospital employees Elizabeth Cheatwood and Vickie Booker received a combined $89,960 in excessive payments for accrued time off and a combined $33,197 of supplemental health insurance policies and uniforms offered through the hospital for which they did not pay. Ms. Cheatwood also received a stipend for health insurance in the amount of $26,072 to which she was not entitled.
Ms. Cheatwood was terminated on December 5, 2014, and Ms. Booker was terminated on December 8, 2014.

According to the audit report, a change in the hospital’s accounting and payroll systems’ software in December 2008 led Ms. Cheatwood, a human resource employee, and Ms. Booker, an accounts payable clerk, to discover they could be paid for their accrued time off without deducting the hours from their accrued time off balances.

At the time of termination, Ms. Cheatwood had a negative balance of almost 1900 hours of accrued time off, and Ms. Booker had a negative balance of nearly 2500 hours. At least three other employees received accrued time off payouts without deductions being made to their accounts. Hospital policy allows employees to receive cash for up to 10 days of accrued time off when an employee is unable to schedule a vacation, but the corresponding hours must be deducted from the employee’s balance.

Because Ms. Cheatwood worked in human resources and Ms. Booker was in accounts payable, they were able to misuse the payroll system, the report said. David Sanders, the hospital’s chief financial officer, stated in the report, “that all hospital checks are required to have two signatures to be valid and that
Ms. Cheatwood had control over three signature stamps used to process the payroll checks.” Ms. Booker had “blank payroll checks in her office and had the authority to print checks at her desk,” the report said.

In addition, the audit noted, Ms. Cheatwood and Ms. Booker made numerous adjustments to their individual payroll deductions and did not reimburse the hospital for supplemental insurance policies and uniforms they received.

The hospital did not reconcile its health and supplemental insurance invoices or other employee benefits to payroll deductions to ensure it received proper reimbursement. As a result, the hospital paid $200,997 for employee benefits that were not reimbursed because of undetected errors.

The report also indicates “that from January 2012 to December 2014, the hospital collected $121,968 in cash that was never deposited.” Ms. Booker stated that she took “$200 to $300 per week” from hospital collections and deposited it to her bank account or spent it. She denied taking the entire $121,968.

On March 13, 2015, state police arrested three former Jackson Parish Hospital employees and the spouse of one of the former employees, the report said. A copy of this report has been delivered to the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana.

See here the complete report.

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22 Responses to “Jackson Parish Hospital Update”

  1. Oldman Says:

    We have a lot of crooks in Jackson Parish,the crook capital of Louisiana.

    • Anonymous Says:

      I moved to jackson parish to the lake a few years back, I had heard that Jackson parish was a sleepy little parish with decent values and administration. Boy i was wrong, when people find out where we live the laughter begins. I am ashamed to tell anyone.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Jackson Parish is a good parish and there are many people in the parish who have good values. Don’t be ashamed that you live in this parish.

        • Anonymous Says:

          You are kidding right

          • Anonymous Says:

            when I saw on tv the good people of Jonesboro and Jackson parish drooling over convicted felon Edwin Edwards in the largest church in the parish pretty well tells the tale of Jackson parish

            • Anonymous Says:

              I never thought I would see The First Baptist Church host a crook like Edwards. Fifty years ago the pastor would have a mid nite meeting with a few of his peers and told to leave town or else. A lot of the elected officials in the parish go to church there and most of them are like Edwards. ,crooks. He’s kind of like a idol to them,just look at the crowd he draws, they like to learn from him. I wonder if another Jackson Parish church would have invited him,I think not. I guess you have to be a crook to be somebody. What are we teaching our children that’s good,not very much I’m afraid. It’s just the mean old policemen,that’s causing all the trouble,if they didnot arrest my son or daughter my kids would not be a criminal,it’s their fault.

          • Anonymous Says:

            No, I am not kidding! I am a member of First Baptist Church and I do not believe that the Family Life Center should be used for any event that advocates or supports a political agenda, regardless of who the politician is or where he/she attends church. I try to see the hour glass as half full instead of half empty. I try to be an optimist instead of a pessimist. I try to think positively instead of negatively. If you look for good, you will see good. If you look for evil, you will see evil in all things. Our attitude affects our perspective. Don’t be so negative.

          • Anonymous Says:

            If it’s that bad then pack up and move.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    this is so sad

  3. RootOfEvil Says:

    Well, looks like it’s the Graybar Hotel for some more of Jackson Parish’s upstanding citizens.
    Think of the negative impact to the local economy when there is less stolen money being spent in the local businesses.

  4. sunrisesunset Says:

    Many people at FBC did not like Edwards using their FLC to exalt his (Edwards) high horse. Find out who the final authority was on this and let the people know. No other church would have allowed this to happen in their FLC.

  5. sunrisesunset Says:

    What in the hell do we have a “Community Center” for? To serve as HOST for meetings of various affairs. Let me get this straight. FBC allows a crook to speak at the FLC, Are they becoming political? Athletic Banquets are held there. Why? Use the Community Center people. It’s just sitting there and isn’t used very much. That center will hold probably 300 people. Their meeting room is large enough. Period.

    • Oldman Says:

      An old baptist preacher told me once “do as I say not as I do” I think it says it all about First Baptist Church.

      • Anonymous Says:

        I don’t think God records the religious affiliation of His followers in the Book of Life.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The events held at FBC are either because the community center is too small or because the schools can’t afford the fee to use it.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    There are several very good reasons why athletic banquets are held at the Famly LIfe Center instead of the Community Center.Just ask any board member. What is the difference in that and having basketball tournaments there?. Haven’t heard anybody object to those. The Edwards thing is another matter entirely. Period.

  7. sunrisesunset Says:

    You name the reason for this since you know so much. FBC would love to know. As far as the upward games, those are an outreach ministry for children to learn sportsmanship and about becoming a Christian and service to God. Several testimonies and devotions are given each day of the games as a ministry outreach emphasis.

    Athletic Banquets are another matter entirely. BANQUET IS SOLELY ABOUT SPORTS AWARDS. There is not one iota about Christian testimony or serving God, period.

    At least, we are in tune about the Edwards hoop-la that was held there.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Sunrise sunset why don’t you go to the FBC an ask around? I’m sure someone would fill you in. Since the building was built by the church using member donations they will prolly tell you it’s none of your business.

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