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State audits find fraud in Rogers County

By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World Modified: April 4, 2014 at 9:30 am •  Published: April 4, 2014

A commissioner's district in Rogers County submitted a fraudulent invoice for more than $36,000 for a FEMA expenditure and overcharged FEMA for claims in excess of $250,000, according to a pair of state audit reports released this week.

The reports, which detailed a period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012, found 12 "items of interest," including more than $5.524 million in questioned costs throughout the entirety of a Federal Emergency Management Agency project, the reports state.

The costs, related to a major disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in April 2008, consisted of expenditures claimed without sufficient documentation, invoices submitted twice for reimbursement and incorrect charges for equipment use and labor, records show.

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