A new state audit has netted a mess of problems at the Tennessee Wildlife Commission and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency it oversees.

Among other issues, the TWRA, which oversees hunting, fishing and wildlife, did not maintain proper controls over employees' state payment cards.

State Comptroller Justin Wilson's office says that increases the risk that public resources "will be used improperly due to fraud, waste, and abuse."

Auditors examined a fraction of the thousands of card purchases. They reported finding among other things nine purchases of goods and services banned by the state. A total of $1,041 was charged to state payment cards for computer-related items, utility billings and gift cards.

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