Harlan sheriff's office audit referred to police

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - The state auditor's office has referred an audit of the Harlan County Sheriff's Office to Kentucky State Police.

According to the report released on Tuesday, the audit said the sheriff's office can't account for nearly $40,000 that supposed to be earmarked for undercover drug buys.

A "surprise cash county of drug monies" was performed by the auditor's office on July 3. The total amount missing is $37,668.

Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird responded in the audit by saying as soon as the matter was brought to his attention he went to state police to ask for an investigation. He said he had "just dismissed an employee for theft."

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