Questionable purchases, possible missing money, other discrepancies found in state audit of former officials in Estill County

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 8:47 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Issues found in a recently released audit from State Auditor Mike Harmon’s office will be referred to several state agencies, including law enforcement.

The audit, released on Tuesday, is for the Estill County Fiscal Court for the 2017 fiscal year.

In it, officials say they found evidence of an “intentional override of internal controls by management and employees that had a potentially material effect on the financial statement.”

The former Judge Executive, Deputy Judge Executive, Jailer and Treasurer were all named in the report.

Some of the more serious charges in the audit include the former officials making questionable purchases or not properly documenting how the money was spent and missing, stolen or misappropriated funds of thousands of dollars, including grant funding.

The audit’s findings will be turned over to the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Local Government and Kentucky State Police for further investigation.

You can read the audit below:

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