BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police leader Col. Kevin Reeves says spending policies have been tightened after a scathing audit found Reeves' predecessor lived a lavish lifestyle financed by misused tax dollars.
The legislative audit, publicly released Thursday, accuses retired Col. Mike Edmonson of misspending and inappropriate behavior, suggesting Edmonson may have broken several laws.
The audit, a draft of which was leaked weeks ago, suggests Edmonson used troopers to run personal errands for him and his family and improperly moved his family to a state-owned home. Auditors say Edmonson used New Orleans hotel rooms planned for troopers assisting with Mardi Gras safety to instead house family and friends.
Edmonson says he will respond by Jan. 15 and hopes Louisiana residents "will not prematurely reach conclusions until all of the facts are presented."