BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former band director at Southern University in Louisiana is accused of pocketing more than $293,000 from public funds owed to the school.

A report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says Nathan Haymer set up a collection system with an unauthorized third party to collect the money.

The Advocate reports Haymer also appears to have submitted false invoices, collecting about $46,000 from the university in expense reimbursements he didn't incur. He also received about $43,000 in payments from Mardi Gras krewes for the band's performances at the parade from 2015 to 2018.

Purpera says taking the money on top of his salary may violate state law.

Haymer was fired last year after allegedly seeking kickbacks for the band to appear at an event for schoolchildren.

Haymer denies any wrongdoing.


Information from: The Advocate,

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