DA won't pursue criminal charges following Westlake audit

By By Natalie Stewart / American Press

Following a state audit into the City of Westlake, the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office said it did not find anything "that rises to the level of prosecution."

The audit, released in March, revealed

improper use of

city vehicles, improper department head appointments, improper

compensatory leave payments and exceeding budget amounts approved

by the Westlake City Council.

According to a news release from the DA's Office, the most significant issue in the audit involved

the spending of millions of city dollars on capital projects and the expenditure of a lesser amount of money on travel and

other expenses.

Under Louisiana law, because actual dollars spent exceeded the city’s budget by 3.29 percent, the expenditures are not illegal

because they do not exceed five percent from the general fund, the news release stated.

“It has been noted that the Budgetary

Comparison Schedule for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012,

demonstrates that the total

budget was $5,323,866, while the actual expenditures exceeded this

amount by $175,266, or 3.29 percent over the budget, all

of the expenditures involved in the complaints presented to this

office were contained in the actual 2012 budget of $5,499,152.”

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