State auditor's report summarizes Franklin County's $2.8 million loss

<p>State Auditor's Report</p>

State Auditor's Report

A new report from the state auditor's office shows Franklin County lost $2.8 million during an alleged embezzlement of public money lasting 17 years.

The report identifies $1.78 million that was paid to two fictitious vendors between 2002 and 2012.

Investigators also uncovered another $1.02 million of questionable transactions between 1996 and 2001.

The report states that Franklin County was not properly overseeing the transactions.

Franklin County Auditor, Matt Beaton, says his office has already put measures in place to prevent another fraud from happening again.

"One of the things we added was the new vendor form. There was no process that involved authorization as well as checking to add vendors. That's been added. And it all comes under the guise of a control culture" said Beaton.

The Franklin County auditor's office has consolidated some accounting positions to monitor the public's money more efficiently.

Employees are also installing new financial software on their computers.

Franklin County's former Public Works Director of Administration and Accounting, Dennis Huston, is accused of stealing $1.7 million from the county.

His trial is scheduled to start in January.

To see the report, click here.