- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - An investigation by the state auditor’s office has determined that the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office misused funds meant to prevent drunken driving.

Auditor Tim Keller released the findings Tuesday. He first announced in April that his office was reviewing allegations of financial irregularities by the previous administration.

Investigators focused on a time period between 2010 and 2014 after tips were called in to a fraud hotline.

The audit outlines general mismanagement of DWI funds that were not tracked or properly accounted for based on federal and state guidelines.

Sheriff deputies also claimed overtime for DWI task force activities when they were working elsewhere, such as at high school athletic games and a school prom.

Keller says he hopes changes made by current management will bring about more transparency and accountability.

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