- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An independent audit of Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit has found inconsistencies in more than one-third of the credits issued since 2007.

According to a report from financial crime consulting company Marsh Minick some $347 million in tax credits issued by Department of Energy had risk factors including conflicts of interest, businesses that closed, suspicious eligible cost documents and other concerning risk factors.

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins has sent additional project files to the Oregon Department of Justice for review.

Energy Department Director Michael Kaplan says Marsh Minick may have underestimated the number of problematic tax credits and said the report confirmed many issues he had highlighted to legislators.

A legislative oversight committee is meeting to determine how best to restructure the program.

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