Audit: Morgan City Housing Agency Improperly Awards Bonuses

MORGAN CITY, LA (AP) — The state legislative auditor says the Housing Authority of Morgan City improperly paid employees more than $500,000 in bonuses.

         Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Monday that employees were improperly awarded $566,544 in bonuses from November 2007 through March 2013

         Purpera tells The Advertiser that Housing Manager Tori Johnson improperly altered a housing authority rewards and recognition policy. He says Johnson allegedly created false public records and caused public funds to be improperly paid to herself and other employees.

         Purpera says the authority also paid three office employees from May 2009 through June wages that exceeded by $130,418 the salaries allowed by civil service. He says the pay hikes were initiated by Johnson and may have violated state and federal laws.

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