- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A state audit claims there are governance issues in a western Wyoming town of 546 people, including the mayor signing his own paychecks, using asphalt meant for public streets at his home and favoring his own business instead of putting projects out to bid.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1GgnR6o ) that Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson says he is reviewing the audit after concerned La Barge citizens gave him a copy.

He says he’s discussed the issue with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation but isn’t sure yet if the division will be investigating the matter or leave it up to him.

Audits of the town in 2008 and 2009 also found issues.

The mayor pushed back against the audit’s findings, saying that the portrayed an inaccurate picture of the events.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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