Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, investigating allegations of financial mismanagement within the Washington Parish Fire Protection District 6, referred the matter to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor who conducted an audit of the District’s financial records.
On February 17, the Legislative Auditor released the audit report. The audit concluded that a member of the Fire District’s Board of Commissioners, Timothy P. Duncan, used his position to improperly direct public funds totaling $128,083 to himself and his family members from March 14, 2012 to August 31, 2015. The audit summary concluded, “By using his position with the District to direct public funds to himself and his family members, falsifying District records, and billing the District for services that were unnecessary and/or not performed, Mr. Duncan may have violated state laws.
A review of the audit finding indicated that Mr. Duncan had violated state laws and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Duncan, 52, a resident of Martin Road in Angie, surrendered to the Sheriff’s Office on February 25. He is charged with the following:
- Theft of more than $1,500
- Malfeasance in Office
- Public Contract Fraud
- Filing or maintain false public records
- Prohibited splitting of profits, fees, or commissions
Bond was set for Duncan and he was released later that day after posting a $20,000 cash bond.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Being in a position of public trust always carries an added responsibility to do what is right. The Sheriff’s Office shares in that responsibility and also must do what is right, whether it is arresting an unknown person or arresting a friend. Unfortunately, any person who chooses to violate the law must be willing to face the consequences. I appreciate the hard work of our investigators and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor in this matter.”