Internal Audit Report Leads to Deputy’s Resignation
Bastrop – A female deputy working for 14 years at Morehouse Parish Jail has resigned her post following an internal audit report by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office showing missing funds from the jail’s commissary, Sheriff Mike Tubbs confirmed today.
On November 11, Chief Civil Deputy Jeff Winnon found some inconsistencies in the sums of money deposited by the relatives and friends of the inmates in jail which are supposed to be spent for the inmates’ personal care items among other commercial wares from the commissary.
Tubbs said Deputy Lanie Davis immediately filed for her resignation after she was interrogated regarding the internal audit report. Tubbs refused to uncover the total amount of deposits missing, even the duration of time during which the theft has been occurring.
Winnon decided to conduct a deeper investigation into the records when he discovered the discrepancies in the sums forwarded to Davis with that of the total deposits in the accounts of the inmates. Initially, Winnon was preparing the internal audit report to be furnished to the auditors.
Cindy Haynes, together with Hill and Inzina who are tasked to prepare annually the internal audit report for the Sheriff’s Office, has informed the Office of the Legislative Auditor of the discrepancies in the amounts of money in the commissary. A staff from OLA is scheduled to visit the Morehouse Parish Jail after the Thanksgiving holiday to go over the records, Tubbs said.
The staff’s findings will then be brought to the 4th District Attorney Jerry Jones who will decide if Davis is to be liable to criminal charges.
Tubbs said this kind of incident affects the reputation of their deputies and staff. He added that the findings in the internal audit report would only strengthen their commitment not to tolerate such wrongdoings.