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Audit claims Homer mayor duplicated expenses, reimbursements

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Homer Mayor Alecia Smith (Photo source: Claiborneone.org) Homer Mayor Alecia Smith (Photo source: Claiborneone.org)
HOMER, La. -

State auditors say a Claiborne Parish mayor 'double-dipped' in town expenses.

A Louisiana Legislative Audit found that Homer, LA mayor Alecia Smith may have received duplicate and improper travel expenses.

Investigators say Smith was paid more than $3,300 in those improper travel expenses, ranging from June 2011 to February 2013.

The audit claims that one on occasion, Smith even submitted false documentation regarding the purpose of the trip.

She also received $4,100 in vehicle allowance, at the same time she got $6,535 in mileage reimbursements.

Additionally, auditors say Smith signed $9,700 worth of checks for payments to a company run by her husband for work done for the Claiborne coroner's office.

The report also questions a possible conflict of interest related to more than $11,000 in payments to former parks and recreation director Fred Young for non-profit Mayfield Youth Sports Association he ran.

When asked about why there were credit card charges to the town for meals for which she'd already been given an allowance, Smith stated that those were for other people with whom she met on town business.

In response to the audit, Smith stated in a letter, that "it has never been the intent of any employee or official of the town to mismanage any funds and i don't believe it has occurred."

That letter goes on to say that the town of Homer is "working hard to improve the efficiency and effectiveness when it comes to caring for public resources."

The full report's been sent to the state ethics board and the Claiborne District Attorney to decide if criminal charges should be filed.

Alecia Smith did not immediately respond to KTBS 3 News' request for comment.

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