Audit: Bedford County public funds used to buy clothes, pricey meals

Audit: Bedford County public funds used to buy clothes, pricey meals (Image 1)
Audit: Bedford County public funds used to buy clothes, pricey meals (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An investigative audit has revealed that the Bedford County Emergency Communications District spent nearly $47,000 on clothing, electronics, expensive meals and other questionable items.

The audit by the Tennessee comptroller's office found that the district's former director claimed to have used money to buy employee uniforms. Instead, receipts show the clothing was purchased at Eddie Bauer, the Gap, Dillard's and other stores.

The district receives fees collected from telephone bills so that it can provide better 911 service.

The audit shows the former director charged numerous meals to the district's credit cards when there was no proof that she was traveling overnight on business.

There were also several questionable purchases including a Coach bag and two iPods. It also said employees were using company cell phones for personal use.

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