Okla. audit questions Education Department fund

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's chief auditor is questioning how some former Department of Education officials spent money from previously unknown bank accounts.

Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released an investigative audit Wednesday requested by current State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Jones says auditors discovered three unauthorized and previously unknown bank accounts that they allege were utilized as a slush fund to spend more than $2.3 million over a 10-year period.

He says use of the accounts allowed former Education Department officials to spend money shielded from government oversight and public scrutiny.

Jones says Barresi and the state Board of Education originally asked for a special audit regarding some suspicious travel claims by a former employee. He says auditors from his office spent many hours reviewing documents and conducting interviews during their investigation.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    They should have to pay back any improperly spent funds and do time in prison, but the OK schools and kids aren't suffering from a lack of funds, they are lacking from competence.
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      by John on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:38 PM in reply to
      Cant argue with that.You finely said something worth while.Good for you
  • by Educator Location: Durant on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    These people should have to pay this money back with interest. Our OK schools and our kids are sufferning and they are living it up on the Tax Payer's Money!!! Wow.. What nerve!
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