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Oklahoma auditor says county audit backlog relieved

Modified: January 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A backlog of more than 50 unfinished county audits, some of which have led to criminal investigations, has been whittled to 10 over the last two years, state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said Wednesday.

Jones said only 25 of Oklahoma's 77 counties were in compliance with a state law that requires an audit every two years when he took office two years ago. Now, 67 counties are in compliance, he said.

Jones said routine audits in Craig and Grant counties uncovered problems with the handling of inmate trust funds and triggered special audits by the agency's investigative units. The results will be forwarded to the local district attorney to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

A separate audit of the Carter County District Attorney's office found an employee had complete control over the office's information technology system and was able to write off account balances without secondary authorization. The audit also revealed the employee accepted cash payments for bogus check, restitution and supervision fees. That case currently is being reviewed by a separate prosecutor.

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