BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An audit into the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office found multiple counterfeit checks.

Auditors said 11 checks totaling $46,081.21 drawn on the district attorney’s narcotics seizure account in November 2022 used check numbers already used, according to the report. One $4,999.99 check wasn’t allowed to clear the bank while two other checks totaling $10,696 were reversed by the bank, auditors said, leaving an unresolved theft of $30,385.22.

The audit said an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was inconclusive.

“The District Attorney’s bank sent hold harmless agreements to banks where the remaining checks were negotiated attempting to and requested that the funds be returned,” auditors said.

The district attorney’s office is recommended by auditors to keep recovering money and suggest that the office find security measures.

In a response to auditors, the office said, “Management will continue to seek full recovery of the funds. Further, Management has pursued and implemented other available methods of security
with its financial institution, (i.e., Positive Pay) to address the matter. Management will continue to monitor for additional security needs and will continue to take the appropriate measures to address those needs, if any.”