Claiborne parish sheriff officials have confirmed to NBC 6 news that Homer Mayor Alecia Smith has turned herself in to the Claiborne parish detention center.
She is being processed at this time on five counts of malfeasance in office. Although Claiborne is processing Smith, the case is being handled by the Louisiana State Police.
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.
At the time, Smith responded to the 11-page document in a letter that indicated new policies had been put in place, but the city had it’s “challenges,” that included high turnover, health insurance costs, numerous lawsuits, cash flow issues and a “severely aged infrastructure.”
Click on the link below to read the entire audit and Mayor Smith’s response: