Audit: Agricultural association misspent California money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An audit finds employees of one of California’s 54 district agricultural associations misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money and the agency in charge of oversight failed to catch the violations for years.

The state auditor’s report released Tuesday details “gross mismanagement” of the district, but does not identify it by name. District associations hold local fairs and expositions that highlight California’s agricultural resources and products.

The audit says the association’s CEO and maintenance supervisor allowed employees to drink alcohol at job sites and drive state-owned vehicles for personal use. It says employees racked up $130,000 in credit card purchase with no supporting receipts.

Auditors call on the Department of Food and Agriculture to take disciplinary action and strengthen oversight of the districts.

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