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Sheriff's Department reimburses Barton County for undocumented funds

Updated February 8, 2013:  The Barton County Sheriff's Department has reimbursed the county for undocumented funds.

The Missouri state auditors office released the county audit on Monday.  The report included $945 of missing money from the sheriff's department set aside to buy drugs undercover.

The county treasurer tells us the sheriff's department has paid the county. 

Updated February 5, 2013:  Missing money and inadequately filed paperwork are to blame for Barton County receiving a poor rating on its audit.

On Monday, Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich released the 2012 audit for Barton County.  The county received a rating of "Poor" which means the entity needs to significantly improve its operations throughout county offices.

The report contains numerous findings, including $945 of missing money from the sheriff's department set aside to buy drugs undercover.

But commissioners say the money is being repaid by the sheriff.

"The sheriff assured us that he had looked to try to account for this money, he was not able to, so he would pay the money back into this account," says Barton County Commissioner Mike Davis.

The sheriff says he will not comment at this time.

The county will be receiving a follow up from the auditor's office within the year.

Posted February 4, 2013:  Barton County receives a "Poor" rating from the Missouri State Auditor.

One reason for the Poor rating - the sheriff could not account for a little under $950 of undercover drug money.  The state auditor says the records kept were inadequate and incomplete and there is no assurance authorities handled and accounted for the drug money.

The Poor rating also sights the county's property tax reduction amounts saying they were not accurately calculated.

A follow-up team from the state auditor's office will return to Barton County later this year to see if the recommendations are being implemented.

Missouri State Auditor: Barton County report (PDF)

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