North Hodge Update

Village of North Hodge Officials, Employees Misuse Public Funds

Village of North Hodge officials and employees, including former Mayor Geraldine Causey and former Assistant Police Chief Greg Coleman, spent more than $9,000 on equipment, supplies, and other items not necessary for Village operations, according to an audit report issued Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office.

On August 12, 2014, Mr. Coleman was arrested by Jackson Parish Sheriff’s deputies and charged with malfeasance in office. Later that month, Village Clerk Patricia Tapp, who also served as a Village police officer, resigned from both of her positions. As a result, Ms. Causey contacted the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and requested an audit of the Village, the report said.

According to the audit, “Mr. Coleman used Village funds totaling $2,595 to purchase 8,000 rounds of ammunition that do not match the caliber of any weapon owned by the police department. Chief Moffett stated that he did not authorize the purchase,” and added that, “the ammunition matches the caliber for personal weapons owned by Mr. Coleman.” Chief Moffett also stated that Mr. Coleman used Village funds to purchase a truck and a lawnmower for his own use.

The audit also found that “Village police department employees incurred travel expenses of $998 for which there appears to be no public purpose.” On July 16, 2014, the Village’s debit card was used in Bossier City to withdraw $200 from a Village bank account. The supporting paperwork included an invoice from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), which showed that
Mr. Coleman and Ms. Tapp were registered for a conference at the Downtown Shreveport Hotel in Shreveport for July 17-18, 2014, at a cost of $200. Village payroll records show that Mr. Coleman and Ms. Tapp claimed to have attended “Class” for nine hours per day on July 16-17th, 2014.

In the report, NADDI representatives said the invoice used to support the withdrawal was not theirs. They also noted that the conference was in held in New Orleans, not Shreveport. They further indicated that although Mr. Coleman and Ms. Tapp registered for the conference, NADDI did not receive the registration fee, and the officers did not attend the conference. Total Rewards gaming card records obtained from Harrah’s Entertainment indicate that Mr. Coleman used his rewards card at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City on July 16, 2014. “It appears that either Mr. Coleman or Ms. Tapp submitted false documentation to support the $200 cash withdrawal,” the report said.

The audit also revealed that Ms. Tapp seems to have paid herself excess wages totaling $5,577 through unauthorized pay increases for her positions as the Village clerk and as a police officer. Former (and current assistant) Village Clerk Joanie Cannady also received excess wages totaling $1,145.

A number of other violations were stated in the report, including additional unauthorized withdrawals from Village bank accounts and unauthorized purchases of groceries and firearms.

A copy of this report has been sent to the District Attorney for the 2nd Judicial District of Louisiana.

See here the complete report.

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18 Responses to “North Hodge Update”

  1. Eyesonyou Says:

    Surprised! They actually I.d. by name the crooks involved. In Lincoln Parish public crooks are not named. Just payback what you stole, resign and all is well.

  2. Hanky panky in Shreveport Says:

    Me thinks something funny going on in Shreveport, I just wonder what Ms. Tapp and Colman were doing in Shreveport overnite. They were problemly just mistaken about the location of the class. I hope they had fun at the taxpayers expense,we’ve payed for everything else,we might as well pay for this.

  3. Oldman Says:

    I bet they can explain this. There should be jail time for the both of them,make an example of them, it might stop others from doing the same.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    $2,595 for 8,000 rounds of ammo or $0.32/round? What a horrible deal, not even .22 costs that much.

  5. The Jet Says:

    Bloat, graft, corruption and cronyism in small town North Louisiana gov’t? Shocking!

    Enough of all this useless, duplication of miniature fiefdoms. It’s time for Jonesboro, Hodge, East Hodge and North Hodge to be merged into one city. Annex the areas between and immediately adjacent to the four municipalities and combine up into ONE. One mayor, one city council, one public works department, one police department, one fire department. ONE!

    But, that would mean a whole lot of chiefs would become braves, and a lot of members of the tribe would be out of the tribe altogether. So it’ll never happen.

    • Anonymous Says:

      It’s been brought up before,Hodge will not give up control,SEHodge will not,and at one Mayor Zuber was against it. Gate city does not want in because they have all the benefits without the taxation.Cut all the grants and free money and I believe all will come running. Quit paying all these small villages to run their business’s and make them pay as they go along. Save the taxpayers money and have a better Govt.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    What’s this I hear about the Jonesbor fir department having a member that has been arrested for rape.

  7. YouWantToWhat? Says:

    Hey, let the good times roll
    Give ’em a break: at least they shared a room.
    You all just don’t understand these small-town hormones and such.

  8. Dan Burson Says:

    YOU JUST GOT TO LOVE THE IGNORANCE OF THE TWO HYPOCRITE COWARDS ANONYMOUS AND DONALD—YOUR AVERAGE WIMPS OUT OF JACKSON PARISH LOL LOL

    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:53 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  9. Dan Burson Says:

    SORRY FORGOT ABOUT BOB SHESKANKHO LOL—-HES RIGHT THERE WITH THEM MENTAL WISE I AM SURE LOL LOL

    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:53 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  10. Dan Burson Says:

    Sorry–if anonymous oldman bob and donald dont like it—all they have to do is man up and come knock on my door. I will teach them to stop being hypocrite cowards—thats a promise lol

    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:53 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  11. Dan Burson Says:

    TRUTH IS A REAL BITCH ISNT IT BOYS? LOL

    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:53 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  12. Dan Burson Says:

    YEAH I DID THINK THAT THOSE 4 WIMPS CAN NOT SAY A THING LOL.

    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:53 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

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