Spending probe limits auction of airport items

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Blue Grass Airport officials are preparing
to auction off several unused items, but the attorney general's
office won't allow them to sell merchandise returned by former
executives under investigation for excessive spending.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wii game consoles and
games, computer equipment, four shotguns, two tuxedos and DVDs are
among the items returned to the airport in recent months amid a
criminal investigation into the way former executive director
Michael Gobb and three other top officials used their expense
According to a report by state Auditor Crit Luallen, the four
top directors tallied more than $500,000 in questionable personal
expenses in three years, including Hannah Montana concert tickets,
expensive meals and champagne and even a $4,400 tab at a strip
Each year the airport sells items it doesn't need, but the one
on Aug. 29 is expected to be one of the biggest yet and will
include an auctioneer. Airport officials wanted to sell many of the
items returned by the executives but didn't get approval due to the
ongoing criminal probe.
"The attorney general will not be releasing the items, so they
will not be included in the auction," airport spokeswoman Amy
Caudill said in an e-mail to the Lexington newspaper.
Interim executive director Eric Frankl said the airport wants to
keep some of the items, such as cameras and binoculars. What is
left would have only represented a small percentage of the
merchandise for sale, he said.
Among the things left to be sold at auction are a 1999 Tahoe,
two 2001 Expeditions, a 2003 Expedition, a 2004 Durango, a tractor,
computer equipment, office furniture and landscaping material.

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