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Ga. audit highlights questionable state spending

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ATLANTA (AP) - An audit is raising questions on potentially frivolous spending in the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

WSB-TV reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sEiWjV ) that a state audit of the division's Independent Living Program found that roughly $374,000 was spent on promotional items including umbrellas, t-shirts, fitness kits and tumblers. The audit found that most of the goods weren't used by foster children or were not distributed.

The audit said the items carried the ILP logo, which made each item more expensive and difficult to return.

Gerald Greer owns Under the Moon Graphics in Albany and said his company provided the goods for the department. Greer says officials told his company to split the purchases into 77 invoices so they'd each by under $5,000. The audit said splitting invoices is also unacceptable.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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