Audit says high school employee in Louisiana took $70,000 from student activity fund

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Warren Easton Charter High School

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – A former employee at Warren Easton Charter High School is under investigation for reportedly taking more than $70,000 from a student activity fund, according to a financial review the Louisiana Legislative Auditor made public Monday.

The money was “fraudulently absconded” between March 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, the audit by the accounting firm Carr Riggs & Ingram said. The audit identifies the title of the person responsible as the school’s “business manager” but does not name that individual.

Warren Easton principal and CEO Mervin Jackson said NOLA Public Schools, state auditors and the New Orleans Police Department were contacted once school management noticed the money was missing.

Student activity receipts totaling $70,842 were misappropriated, according to the audit. The report said the matter “is not yet adjudicated” and that law enforcement had been contacted. It listed the status of an investigation based on the auditor’s report as “active.”

The audit also detailed the steps the school has taken to avoid similar instances in the future.

“Warren Easton has created and misappropriation does not occur in the future implemented new cash collections policies and procedures that have been reviewed by the Board of Directors,” the auditor’s report said. “The school has also segregated the duties amongst three employees such as: cash collector, general ledger, and monthly reconciliation positions.”

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