There’s an ongoing investigation into possible missing funds in St. Martinville.
It began last fall when the city hired their new chief administrative officer, Donna Lasseigne, who discovered some alleged irregularities. The city’s attorney, Allan Durand, says Lasseigne was looking through old records for water and sewer deposits upon taking office.
Now, he says, the city is searching for about $1,000 in funds or just to set the old records straight.
"We're unable to determine if the funds had been misappropriated or misdeposited…really what happened to it or really if there was anything wrong," says Durand. He says there is “no target” or suspects in the investigation at this time.
On Wednesday, we went to the office of the city's utility billing supervisor, Sheila Choplin, to get some answers.
An office worker there told this reporter that Choplin would meet with us. About thirty minutes went by, we knocked on her door, a voice from inside her office said “I'll be right with you” and then the door locked. About ten minutes later we were told she had left the building.