DOJ audit of Bay St. Louis drug forfeiture fund could be wrapping up

Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 10:19 PM CST
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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis leaders sat down with auditors from the Department of Justice in Jackson on Thursday to discuss an ongoing audit of the city's drug forfeiture fund.

Mayor Les Fillingame tells us the audit could be complete by the end of the year. Fillingame said DOJ officials indicated they want the city to remain in the drug forfeiture program, despite any potential problems.

Those problems could include not spending the drug forfeiture money the correct way or not documenting the expenditures properly.

If that is found to be the case, the city could be asked to pay back up to $300,000. That money would come from the city's general fund. Fillingame said he hopes that is not the case.

The DOJ designated the $300,000 to the city's police department to purchase equipment and conduct undercover operations. That money, which is unaccounted for, was placed in the city's general fund.

The city council made a move in February to replace the money with funds out of a reserve account. That money has been placed in a separate account flagged for drug forfeiture funds.

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