WWL-TV: Audit finds accounting deficiencies within Irvin Mayfield’s jazz orchestra _lowres

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Irvin Mayfield, right, performs at the New Orleans Public Library as part of the Turn the Page literacy campaign.

An independent audit released Monday finds “significant deficiencies” in the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s internal finances, according to a WWL-TV report.

Among other findings, the audit, conducted by an independent accounting firm and released by the state legislative auditor, found there was a wide use of a NOJO credit card without documentation; poor revenue records; and “hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments” to founder Irvin Mayfield without a formal agreement, WWL-TV reported.

An investigation by WWL-TV exposed $1.03 million in payments from the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at a time when Mayfield and his longtime friend and business partner, Ronald Markham, were in charge of both agencies.

Read the full WWL-TV report here.