Thousands of Dollars Missing From Mercer County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - More than $10,000 was found missing from
the Mercer County clerk's official bank account, and the matter has
been reviewed to state police, the state auditor's office announced
Mercer County Clerk Ronnie Compton's office had more than $6,700
worth of receipts that were not deposited into his office's
account, and more than $2,700 in "disallowed purchases,"
according to the review by State Auditor Crit Luallen's office.
The purchases included nearly $400 for a refrigerator and about
$90 for a TV, according to the audit.
A message left for Compton at his home was not returned.
Auditors also found an additional $11,123 from January through
July of this year that was not deposited into the official account.
"We recommend that the county clerk take appropriate measures
to ensure that all public monies entrusted to him, based on the
statutory authority of his office, be deposited into his official
bank account," the report said.
The audit also found $2,706 in purchases that were deemed either
unnecessary or not properly documented. The spending included
$89.75 for a microwave and $85.60 spent at Wal-Mart without
supporting documentation.
All officials who are audited have an opportunity to respond,
though Compton declined, according to a press release.

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