La. lawmaker requests legislative audit of State Police travel

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A Louisiana lawmaker on Monday asked the state legislative auditor to conduct a “full audit and report” into the out-of-state travel of State Police brass, including trips taken by Col. Mike Edmonson, the agency’s embattled superintendent, during his nine years in that post.

The lawmaker, Blake Miguez, R-Erath, asked the legislative auditor, Daryl Purpera, to examine “all expenses and reimbursements, including overtime,” associated with out-of-state trips to conferences and other events taken by senior State Police officials.

In a letter dated Monday, Miguez called for “an independent audit free from any potential political influence,” and asked Purpera to examine travel reimbursements, expenses and other internal documentation between 2008 and 2017. “I believe we must know if this is a systemic problem within the LSP leadership and across the LSP,” Miguez wrote…

 

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