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OK auditor concerns grow over bill allowing officials to pick auditor

OK (KSWO)- A new bill that would allow county officials to pick out who audits them and what type of audit is conducted is giving Oklahoma's top auditor serious concerns.

The measure would allow county officials choose whether the state auditor or an independent certified public accountant does their audits. The measure is similar to the system for Oklahoma cities and school districts, which hire independent auditors.

But state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says this system could lead to more public corruption. He says his office has uncovered embezzlements at cities and schools that previously received clean financial audits. Jones says the Oklahoma county commissioner's scandal in the 1980’s was among the biggest in US history.

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