Blue Grass Airport Officials Respond to Audit

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Airport officials had 60 days to provide an update to State Auditor Crit Luallen's office. She wanted to know what was being done to improve spending practices she called questionable.

Airport officials released details in a 72-page letter on how they plan to improve spending policies. The letter is in response to the state auditor's report on spending at the airport, which she called shameful just two months ago.

In the letter released to 27 NEWSFIRST Wednesday, airport officials agreed to revise a travel policy and conduct annual financial audits. Travel was a big part of the investigation the auditor's office conducted. Investigators spent weeks looking into thousands spent on everything from gifts and trips to strip clubs, to toys and DVDs, charged by former Executive Director Mike Gobb, who stepped down earlier this year along with three other top managers.

In all, Auditor Crit Luallen says airport officials racked more than half a million dollars in what she called wasteful and excessive spending. She questioned how the airport managed employee credit cards.

The letter says the airport has also now terminated its credit card accounts and employees must now seek reimbursement for expenditures.

The attorney general and the FBI are now investigating to see if any criminal charges will be filed.

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