From a Louisiana Legislative Auditor press release:
An audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor that helped convict a former accountant for the Traffic Court of New Orleans was recognized this week by a national organization.
For its efforts, the National State Auditors Association awarded the state auditor’s office its Excellence in Accountability Award – Forensic Report. The report on the Traffic Court identified more than $1.2 million in fraudulent billings submitted by Vandale Thomas from 2006 to 2011. Thomas, who worked for the accounting firm Pailet, Muenier and LeBlanc, LLP as the court’s auditor from 2006 to 2008, was later contracted as the court’s CFO from 2008 to 2011. While Thomas was contracted directly with the court from 2008 to 2011 he was paid more than $750,000 in excess of the maximum amount that was allowed under his contracts.