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Jun 7, 2011 10:34 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Audit: Jonesboro officials may have violated laws

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Legislative Auditor's Office has released a scathing compliance audit of the town of Jonesboro's finances.
In the audit released on Monday, state auditors found that the town's finances were in disarray and that the town may have violated state laws relating to several areas of municipal operations, including the failure to collect delinquent utility accounts, failure to follow state bid law and spending more than $2,500 on a catered inauguration ceremony which auditors found did not serve a public purpose.
Mayor Leslie Thompson tells The News-Star town officials have already begun taking steps to correct the audit findings. Thompson said the town has hired a new chief financial officer and put new staffing in place to handle budgetary accounting issues.

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