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Use of Equitable Sharing Cash and Property
by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

December 19, 1997
Office of the Inspector General


The United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General has completed an audit of the use of equitable sharing revenues by the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff's Office. Equitable sharing revenues represent a share of the proceeds from the forfeiture of assets seized in the course of certain criminal investigations. The objective of our audit was to determine if the Sheriff's Office was complying with pertinent guidelines governing the use of equitably shared forfeited assets. The audit included a review of current equitable sharing activities at the Sheriff's Office.

Generally, equitable sharing revenues were accounted for accurately in financial records. However, our audit did disclose the following conditions: