From the Louisiana Legislative Auditor:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Seized Cash Assets Not Deposited
Records indicate that the District Attorney for the 9th Judicial District (District Attorney) received $794,166 in seized cash assets from local law enforcement agencies from January 1, 2009 through October 31, 2015, that were not deposited into the District Attorney’s bank accounts. The records further indicate that: (a) $267,640 in funds from sources other than seized assets were deposited improperly into the asset forfeiture bank account; and (b) the District Attorney’s Office failed to disburse $281,015 in asset forfeitures as ordered by the 9th Judicial District Court (Court). Former Bookkeeper Margaurette Beard was primarily responsible for receiving, recording, and depositing seized cash assets and disbursing those funds in accordance with Court judgments. By failing to ensure that all seized cash assets were properly recorded and deposited, allowing funds from sources other than asset forfeitures to be diverted into the asset forfeiture bank account, failing to comply with Court orders, and failing to properly disburse asset forfeiture funds, Ms. Beard may have violated state and federal laws.
Several years ago, Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) did a series of stories on the pitfalls of asset forfeiture laws.