Louisiana auditors ask for probe of ex-mayor’s travel costs

June 18, 2019 GMT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Auditors of a Louisiana city have asked the district attorney to investigate travel costs for a former mayor previously charged with offenses including theft and forgery.

KATC-TV reports the Opelousas city auditors found that Mayor Reggie Tatum was reimbursed for a 2018 trip to Canada despite not having documentation that the trip was business-related. They also found he was overcompensated for the cost of a flight for another trip.

Auditors say the city has spent nearly $4 million more than it earned during the past fiscal year. Tatum lost his bid for reelection last year after he was indicted on 15 counts of charges related to malfeasance. Current Mayor Julius Alsandor says the recently released audit means there will be spending cuts.



Information from: KATC-TV, http://katc.com