He said board members of the nonprofit under Garrett were not aware of the accounts, while his investigators found that under Barresi's administration the foundation was aware of the accounts.
“Every indication we have is that the board members did actually know what was going on at the nonprofit,” said Jones, a Republican who took office in January 2011.
Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, issued a statement calling the auditor's investigation inconsistent.
“If the practice of a past administration warrants investigation, then those same practices of the current administration should trigger similar action,” Virgin said in the statement. “I trust that Auditor Jones will do what is necessary to investigate any wrongdoing that may have occurred.”
Jones said an investigation must be requested by the attorney general, the governor or by both the Speaker of the House and the president pro tem for his office to have the authority to move forward.