Auditor: "Financial Fraud May Exist"

A second audit in eight months of Bertie County School finances is turning up more questions. Last spring county commissioners ordered an audit that they say turned up questionable spending practices by some school administrators in the form of trips, meals and other items. School officials weren't pleased with the first audit so they ordered this second one at the school system's expense. The latest audit shows late credit card payments, which the auditor says is illegal without permission from the county government first. The audit shows the school system spent more money than it actually received, about $500,000 more. However, the auditor points out in a letter to the school system those calculations may not be right on, saying, "Financial fraud may exist."