- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is being investigated by the state auditor following tips about the alleged misuse of drunken driving prevention funds.

The auditor’s office announced Monday it’s reviewing allegations of financial irregularities by the previous administration. Investigators are looking at a time period between 2010 and 2014.

The auditor’s office says current county officials are cooperating with the investigation, which was triggered by calls to a fraud hotline.

Undersheriff Paul Lucero referred questions to McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker, who was out of the office Monday and unavailable for comment.

Auditor spokeswoman Justine Freeman says the investigation is ongoing and she couldn’t speak to the details of the case or whether any charges might result.

Freeman says a final report is expected before the end of June.



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