Two former Department of Children & Family Services auditors joined their boss in facing ethics charges related to the misuse of public funds.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics alleges Kaneasha Goston and Corey Polk violated state law by receiving things of economic value to which they were not entitled for the performance of their jobs.
The two pleaded guilty in 2014 to federal fraud charges. Each received probation and was ordered to pay restitution.
In August, the ethics panel levied similar charges against their boss, DCFS’ former audit director Delrice Augustus, also related to the fraud case. He is serving federal prison time for using his agency-issued credit card to make approximately $270,000 in purchases to which he was not entitled.
The Ethics Board alleges that Goston and Polk used a state credit card to rent vehicles and hotel rooms and purchase gasoline, then engaged “in a scheme to create and use fraudulent documents to request and receive reimbursement from the state ... for official travel that did not occur.” The charging documents specifically note rental of a hotel suite in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star game.
Goston received approximately $10,000 in fraudulent reimbursements and Polk approximately $30,000, the board said.
Goston and Polk could be fined up to $10,000 each plus up to 11/2 times the economic gain improperly received.
The board filed the charges with the Ethics Adjudicatory Board.
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