On March 24, 2014, investigators with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested the mayor of Homer, LA for six (6) counts of malfeasance in office. The arrest is a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, and the Claiborne Parish District Attorney’s Office.
In early March 2014, investigators began an extensive review of the town of Homer’s records. The review revealed 41-year-old Alecia Smith of Homer used her position as mayor to misuse public funds from 2011 to 2013.
Smith took trips that were not related to town business which were paid for in advance by the town of Homer. She then used the town’s credit cards for expenses incurred during the trips. Smith falsified public records to justify the expenses in order to get reimbursed.
Investigators also discovered Smith used city of Homer credit cards to download audio files and data to her personal computer, all of which were non-work related expenses. Additionally, Smith failed to pay water bills owed to Homer in excess of $800 which was a violation of the town of Homer policy.
Investigators obtained arrest warrants and arrested her for six (6) counts of malfeasance in office. Smith was booked into Claiborne Parish Detention Center.
If convicted, Smith faces up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $30,000 and may have to pay restitution.
The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a secure reporting form that is submitted to investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the suspicious activity link.
Homer -- The Mayor of Homer, LA is facing facing charges of malfeasance in office.
Mayor Alecia Smith turned herself in to the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Monday late afternoon.
Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey says she's facing six counts of malfeasance in office. That investigation is being led by Louisiana State Police.
Smith posted bond and has been released from custody.
The arrest is related to a legislative audit on the town of Homer released in December 2013.
The audit revealed several discrepancies and duplications in expenses filed for and received by the mayor, as well as checks written to the mayor’s husband’s business and a former parks and recreation director who also was receiving town checks for a non-profit youth organization he ran.
The audit states Smith, who in February 2013 joined with the town council in an effort to fire the entire Homer police department over budgetary concerns, received $4,100 for vehicle allowance, and submitted and received more than $6,000 for mileage.
(KTAL contributed to this report)
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