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Auditor Refers Ex-Mercer Clerk To Law Enforcement

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Attorney General and state police are investigating a former Mercer County clerk after an audit found problems with more than $21,000 from his office.

Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen referred the audit of former clerk Ronnie Compton to law enforcement, even though Compton left office almost a year ago after losing an re-election bid.

The audit says Compton owes the office $21,735, which includes $10,240 in undeposited receipts and $11,495 in disallowed expenditures. It calls on Compton to deposit the $21,735 in personal funds into the official bank account.

Luallen's office said Compton held a check for $996 from February, when it was received, until May, when it was deposited.

"The former county clerk should have deposited all funds received by his office, intact and on a daily basis," the audit report says.

Compton, in a reply to the audit, said he had used the same procedures practiced by previous clerks.

The audit charges Compton with failing to provide a financial report for Mercer County Fiscal Court and failing to pay the court what was owed in excess fees before he left office. The auditors said there was more than one instance of his failure to provide a financial statement.

Compton said he did not have access to the office's computer system to compile a year-end report and said failure to comply was a one-time occurrence.
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AP-NY-12-30-07 1259EST


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