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Harmon refers results of audits of three Kentucky county attorneys offices to federal law enforcement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon has announced that a special examination of nine county attorney offices has turned up findings in three of them, including a six-figure bonus to a spouse, that are being turned over to state and federal law enforcement and other authorities. Harmon says his special examination was spurred by findings from an examination last year of the Cabinet...

Audit of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reveals two areas of fault

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Auditor Mike Harmon found fault in two areas in an audit of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. 
According to one finding in the report released on Monday, the department failed to transfer funds from outside bank accounts to Kentucky’s state treasury in a timely manner.  In one case, the money was not deposited for 263 days. A state audit...

Rural Blog: Ky’s broadband boondoggle a cautionary tale; Bevin’s aide undercutting him siding with AT&T

(Click for larger image) Five years ago, the Democratic governor of Kentucky, who couldn’t run for re-election, and a powerful Republican congressman struck a deal with private investors to get high-speed internet to the state’s rural areas, especially the congressman’s depressed district. The KentuckyWired system is only one-third built, and now the governor is a Republican whose...

AOC director Dudgeon requests review of court system’s financial operations by state auditor

In a move to increase transparency and implement best practices in financial management, the Administrative Office of the Courts has asked the Auditor of Public Accounts to examine its financial operations and make recommendations on how to potentially improve internal management controls. The audit started June 1. Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said he welcomed the review...

Audit of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department results in referral to KSP, Ethics Commission

Mike Harmon, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, released the Fiscal Year 2015 audit of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Wednesday, and announced one finding that will be referred to the Kentucky State Police and the Executive Branch Ethics Commission for further review and consideration. The finding in question relates to the Department’s failure to maintain proper controls...