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State auditors hit Lauderdale County bookkeeping

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) - An audit by the state comptroller's office has turned up deficiencies that auditors say Lauderdale County has had before.

The report was released Monday on the fiscal year that ended in June.

Auditors faulted the county for having no centralized accounting system and for not correcting practices found faulty in earlier examinations.

The report noted a sheriff's office incident that led to the firing and indictment of a former deputy. Auditors said that led to a cash shortage of about $4,000, but the total could be higher.

The school system spent $150,000 more than budgeted on renovations, and auditors found the county didn't keep its records secure enough.

Lauderdale County Mayor Rod Schue said Monday he was told by auditors that problems they found were misunderstandings that needed attention.

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