Caddo Parish constable answers to allegations in recent audit

Caddo Parish constable answers to allegations in recent audit

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Caddo Parish Constable for Ward 8, Eric Hatfield, is speaking out against the findings in a three page Louisiana Legislative Audit.

"When I saw it.....it's comical, I guess," he said.

According to the report, Hatfield failed to report $5,534 in revenue raised by his office in 2013 and 2014.

"About half of that money came from security details, security patrols that were performed for a local homeowners association and then there was also about $2,300 in fees that were collected from the Justice of the Peace during that time," said Director of Investigative Audit Roger Harris.

The second finding claims Hatfield didn't report income made by his own business in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Specifically, $292,975 from the Shreveport Housing Authority and $54,954 from Target Oilfield Services.

"Not really him personally, but through his companies that he owns," explained Harris.

"I make $300/month," Hatfield said. "That's not enough to buy gas or a meal each day for 30 days. Obviously, I have other businesses. We have other sources of income."

Hatfield is not on the auditors' Non-Compliance List, and he claims he's reported everything.

"How in the world would they know where that income came from and what the numbers were had I not reported it?" he asked.

Finally, the audit also claims Hatfield may have violated Louisiana Workers Compensation Law.

"He was not providing any type of workers compensation benefits in the event they were injured on the job," Harris said.

Hatfield said he'd gladly insure his volunteer deputy if the state and parish provide funding for that insurance for all volunteer public servants.

"I asked the Legislative Board of Auditors that. He said: 'Right now, we're just focused on you. We're just focused on Caddo Parish, Ward 8.' So, one deputy constable over all of these other individuals who serve and protect."

Hatfield said, starting Tuesday, he'll move on from this.

"I won't even think about it. This really is not important. What's important is the job that I do. Things of this nature rolls of like water on a duck's back," Hatfield said.

Legislative auditors said their report will now be sent to the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

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