The Sun Herald, 8/4/8

An audit report released by State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that the state has recovered almost $2 million in misspent public funds.

The Audit Exceptions Report covered the fiscal year that ended June 30. An exception in an audit indicates a violation of the law or an accounting error has occurred that resulted in public funds being misspent or misappropriated. An exception also means the money in question must be repaid, according to a letter from Pickering to the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer and the Legislature.

Pickering also said the exceptions may refer to “disallowed expenditures by officials who assumed the responsibility of reimbursing the county general fund when an audit exception was taken by the Office of the State Auditor.”