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After scathing audit, former Leslie County sheriff denies wrongdoing


ENFORCEMENT OFFICER UNDER FIRE FROM THE STATE AUDITOR SAYS HE DID NOTHING WRONG. OTS FORMER LESLIE COUNTY SHERIFF PAUL HOWARD IS NAMED IN TWO NEW AUDITS THAT INDICATE HE OWES THE GOVERNMENT NEARLY 270-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE STATE AUDITOR SAYS THE FORMER SHERIFF OVERSPENT HIS BUDGET, FAILED TO KEEP ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RECORDS AND BOUGHT ITEMS THAT SERVED NO PUBLIC PURPOSE. HOWARD CLAIMS INNOCENCE … BUT HE MAY SOON HAVE MORE PROBLEMS THAN A SCATHING AUDIT. nat of paper hitting desk Damaging documents for the former Leslie County Sheriff The state auditor says former sheriff Paul Howard should pay back around 266-thousand dollars. SOT phoner IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY’RE DEALING WITH SO MUCH CASH AND FEES AND THINGS ALONG THOSE LINES TO BE GOOD STEWARDS, NOT ONLY OF THE DOLLARS THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO THE RECORD-KEEPING OF THOSE DOLLARS. :16 Responsibilities Howard did not fulfill, says state auditor Mike Harmon. The audits show dozens of improprieties, including owing the Leslie County school system, library and other government agencies thousands of dollars in collected taxes. The audits also accuse Howard of using county money to buy food, alcohol, Christmas cards and to cover late charges on cell phones. SOT phoner WITH BUDGETS BEING PINCHED SO TIGHTLY ACROSS THE BOARD, IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS ESPECIALLY, EVERY DOLLAR DOES COUNT. SO ANY DOLLAR THAT’S LOST IS SOMETHING THAT IS UNFORTUNATE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT. :14 SOT TANNER STANDUP … HOWARD DECLINED MY REQUEST FOR AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW. HOWEVER, HE TOLD ME BY PHONE HE COMMITTED NO WRONGDOING AND TO HIS KNOWLEDGE, HIS FINANCIAL RECORDS WERE CLEAN DURING HIS TIME AS SHERIFF HERE IN LESLIE COUNTY. :14 Claims Howard may have to sell to the state attorney general … As some of the audit findings have been turned over to the Ag’s office AND the leslie County attorney. 1-SHOT WE LEFT MESSAGES TODAY WITH THE LESLIE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND JUDGE/EXECUTIVE, BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK. PAUL HOWARD SERVED TWO TERMS AS LESLIE COUNTY SHERIFF AND LEFT OFFICE AT THE END OF 2014. OTS A MAN IS BEHIND BARS IN KNOX

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