FRANKLINTON, La. -- After newly elected Washington Parish Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal took office this summer, he requested the Louisiana Legislative Auditor take a look through the financial situation he was inheriting.
The agency completed the review last month and says it found problems with the controls over credit cards, the lack of written contracts, as well as the inconsistent compliance of recording, reporting and budgeting policies.
The report details that in the last six months of the former sheriff’s term, more than $1,200 in credit card purchases at local restaurants appear to be questionable, despite the former sheriff claiming the purchases were all business, including often buying lunch for residents as part of the office’s public relations efforts.
The report also calls into question whether some of those credit card purchases violated IRS tax rules.
The current sheriff says he has already started establishing restrictions on credit card use, as well as placing all contracts in writing and dealing with a $706,000 budget deficit.
He’s also developing policies to do monthly financial statements, review ticket data frequently and establish a recording system for attendance and leave of employees.
Seal also says he is consulting with a legal team in regards to attempting to recoup any questionable expenses by the former administration.