Recent audits of the village of Port Vincent have provided new details on a case of alleged fraud involving a former clerk.
Brandi Deaton surrendered to Livingston Parish deputies in September amid accusations that she stole from the village, where she worked from October 2013 through March of this year.
This week, a private auditing firm released the yearly report of the city’s finances. About $16,890 was collected but not deposited in the village’s bank account between January and March 2015, states the report, completed by the Postlethwaite & Netterville accounting firm.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor also released findings from a separate investigative audit.
“Deaton failed to issue a receipt for all cash payments that she collected and appears to have falsified public records to conceal cash amounts collected but not deposited,” the audit states.
The 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Deaton on one count each of theft of more than $1,500, first-degree injuring of public records, failure to report monies received and malfeasance in office, according to DA records. Deaton is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.