- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - The state Comptroller’s Office has found serious problems with the way the Pickett County government handles public money.

According to the comptroller, a recent audit found 14 problems with bookkeeping, accounting and management practices. They include faulty purchasing procedures, bank statements not being reconciled and multiple employees using the same cash drawer.

Eleven of the problems were also highlighted in an audit last year with no action taken.

Pickett County’s General Fund had a deficit of more than $130,000 as of June 30 and the Solid Waste Disposal Fund had a deficit of nearly $230,000 as a result of officials spending more money than they had available.

Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a statement that the problems leave the county open to fraud, waste and abuse of public money.

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