State audit reveals tax, utility money missing in Delcambre

A former employee of the town of Delcambre is accused of embezzling more than $62,000 in tax and utility payments, according to a state audit released Monday.

Delcambre Mayor Carol Broussard said the female employee, whom he did not name, resigned last year after the town’s accountant uncovered the alleged theft.

The 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, he said, but no criminal charges have been filed.

“She denies it happening,” Broussard said.

About $44,800 was misappropriated in the fiscal year that ended for the town in April 2013, and another $18,000 is missing from April 2013 until the employee resigned in November, according to the audit.

The audit noted Broussard learned of the alleged misappropriation in September but did not report the allegations to the Board of Aldermen until November.

“Additionally, the suspected employee was permitted to continue performing normal collection duties until resigning in November 2013,” auditors wrote in their findings.

In a response to auditors, Broussard said “there was no solid evidence” when the town’s accountant first brought information to him about the misappropriations and the allegations were brought to the Board of Aldermen in November once “a reasonable conclusion was made.”

District Attorney Mike Harson said the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s office has been investigating the alleged embezzlement but that he just received a report on the case Monday and had yet to review it.