Here's the surprising twist in Mecklenburg County's investigation into alleged misspending at a Christmas charity for children: Officials said a county employee returned more than $33,000 months ago, but auditors didn't account for it.
The county's audit department released this memo Tuesday.
Here's what officials say happened:
In June, county auditors released an audit of the Christmas program. It said they'd collected about $138,978 in receipts of about $162,000 at issue. Here is the first audit memo.
On Tuesday, the auditors released a "follow-up and clarification" to that audit.
It said an employee had returned $33,776.23 in February and March.
On Tuesday, Internal Audit Director Cornita Spears said an employee had been advanced the money and was returning what was unspent or that had been used for personal items.
- Doug Miller