FOX 8: Audit Finds Questionable Spending By Edmonson, Troopers

(WVUE/FOX 8) A Louisiana Legislative Auditor report (READ) found former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Michael Edmonson and at least four state troopers misused state money to pay for travel, hotel rooms, and other improper expenditures.

The LLA received several requests from lawmakers to audit out-of-state travel by troopers.

A Lee Zurik Investigation in February found LSP sent 17 people ona four-day conference in San Diego for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in October 2016, during the state's budget crunch.

LSP sent these four employees - Derrell Williams, Rodney Hyatt, Thurman Miller and Alexandr Nezgodinsky - to the conference in a State Police vehicle. They drove from Baton Rouge to San Diego.

But the troopers' drive to San Diego took a detour through northern Texas one night, at a resort town in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona the next night, and to Las Vegas on the third night.

The troopers spent one night of the four-day trek out west at Las Vegas' Palazzo Hotel. It took four days to get to San Diego.

Edmonson announced his retirement from LSP a month after the Zurik Investigation aired.


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