All Helena-West Helena City Council members, Mayor James Valley and City Attorney Andre Valley were sent a letter from Fletcher Long, 1st Judicial District prosecuting attorney, concerning the investigation into allegations uncovered by the Arkansas Legislative Auditing Committee concerning a variety of reimbursements to various employees and elected officials.

All Helena-West Helena City Council members, Mayor James Valley and City Attorney Andre Valley were sent a letter from Fletcher Long, 1st Judicial District prosecuting attorney, concerning the investigation into allegations uncovered by the Arkansas Legislative Auditing Committee concerning a variety of reimbursements to various employees and elected officials.  Long outlined the steps the city needs to take as mandated by state law.
Long said that Mayor James Valley “shall” investigate the alleged violations of the “fiscal responsibility and management laws,” for the city and if he determines that any of the laws were
 violated the mayor would then determine what actions would transpire.  He also noted that those actions were to go in the personnel file of the employee or “public officer.”
“It appears to me that the corrective action in most cases would be reimbursement of public funds by the officer or employee,” stated Long in his letter.
Long continued saying that the mayor was then obligated to notify those involved “in a form insuring actual notice,” and that action must be taken within 30 days.
Long said a if the funds weren’t reimbursed within the 30 day time period a “rebuttable presumption that the violation was committed knowingly will result.”
Long directed Valley to notify him if the “corrective action” (restitution) was not taken he could then take action as mandated by the state in code 14-77-106, which puts the issue in the prosecuting attorney’s hands either a full scale investigation or a civil suit.  Under state code 14-77-107, if the prosecuting attorney fails to conduct a timely investigation or file a civil suit under the provisions of the chapter, the executive officer or the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee may request the Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the violations.
“If warranted, I will file a civil suit in circuit against the public officers or employees alleged to have violated the fiscal responsibility and management laws and seek damages in the form of repayment of sufficient funds to reimburse the city and in addition a civil fine of $100 to $1,000 for each violation and in addition costs and attorney’s fees authorized by law,” stated Long in his letter. 
He also requested to be informed of the date when the procedures commence.