- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - State auditors have raised concerns about spending and other management practices at the Nebraska agency that inspects cattle and investigates missing and stolen livestock.

The audit released Tuesday faulted managers at the Nebraska Brand Committee. Among the findings, auditors say the committee’s executive director used a state vehicle for a personal trip to Wyoming and approved sale of livestock without proof of ownership in at least once instance.

Executive director Shawn Harvey denied using his state vehicle for the Wyoming trip and blamed miscommunication for the sale of livestock without proof of ownership.

The Branding Committee vice chairman, John Widdowson, told the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/2a9qH0r ) that committee members are reviewing the audit and will discuss it at their Aug. 8 meeting in North Platte.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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