State auditors discovered cases of apparent fraud at Georgia Tech and Georgia Perimeter College and poor oversight, record-keeping and internal controls at other agencies, including the Department of Human Resources.
The audit, released Thursday, looked at seven of the 129 state agencies that use purchasing cards called p-cards.
Among the worst abusers, it found four university system employees who made tens of thousands of dollars in personal charges on the state cards, including a diamond ring, spa visits and car payments.
The state Department of Audits and Accounts referred four cases to state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, whose spokeswoman said a criminal investigation is open and ongoing.
Bert Brantley, a spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue, said Friday that the governor is concerned about the abuses.
“Although we just received the audit and are reviewing it, the governor intends to use the findings to ensure fraudulent practices are ceased immediately and the appropriate safeguards are in place,” Brantley said.
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