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Scott Co. Sheriff Has Audit Trouble

GEORGETOWN — An audit of the Scott County Sheriff's Office finances for 2007 revealed that more than $10,000 collected by the sheriff's office was missing, according to a report released Friday, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

The report from State Auditor Crit Luallen's office found that daily bank deposits did not match daily collection reports for April 25, 2007, through April 30, 2008, resulting in a deficit of $10,273, according to the release.

On Friday, the audit, which is conducted each year in accordance with state law, was referred to the state attorney general's office, which will review the case to decide whether it warrants further investigation.

Scott County Sheriff Bobby Hammons said he could not pinpoint where the money went. He said his office collects a lot of money — property taxes and a myriad of fees — and there are sometimes mix-ups, such as when they have a double bill on one property.

"I'm not making excuses," Hammons said. "It's just that a lot of things can happen."

Luallen's office has recommended that Hammons pay the deficit from his personal funds.

On Friday, Hammons said he was still saving up the money.

Hammons said he faced a similar problem in 2006 when an audit of the sheriff's 2005 tax account showed an $18,767 deficit.

That money was later found in an old safe that was moved across the street to the department's new offices, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

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