Utility Money Missing in Mellville

More than $62,000 in payments unaccounted for.

BATON ROUGE — A state audit finds Melville is missing more than $62,000 in payments for utility services from 2012 to 2014, a number that represents roughly 12 percent of utility receipts for that period. The state Legislative Auditor's report says the two employees who handle utility accounts for the small St. Landry Parish town deny taking any of the money. As for where the cash is, Melville Mayor Willie Haynes III said the investigation has yet to locate any of it. Haynes said the audit report will be forwarded to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office. The mayor said the two employees still have their jobs, and the town plans to take no personnel action at this time.(AP NEWS).

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