By Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas auditor has admitted to instructing employees to use private email accounts after previously denying the allegation.

State auditor Andrea Lea said Wednesday that she made an incorrect statement to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) in a previous article in which she denied telling anyone to use private email accounts for state business.

Lea’s former chief of staff, George Franks, provided text messages that said otherwise.

Lea’s admission came after Franks said Lea didn’t consider a Kansas City, Missouri, law firm with savings bond expertise for an estimated $160 million legal case because she had a recommendation for another firm from a campaign donor.

Lea says she’s drafting an email policy for state employees and providing cellphones for staff to prevent intermingling of personal and state business.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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