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Audit Finds Errors In Police Records

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - You've probably heard about the forfeitures when police seize property or money through criminal investigations. Federal, State and Local law enforcement share that revenue.

But a recent audit from the U.S. Department of Justice found the City of Lansing had roughly $15,000 in questionable costs.

The department is among 8,000 agencies across the state that share revenue from criminal investigations in hopes of strengthening their duties.

But a December audit by the Department of Justice shows the Lansing police improperly used $3,000 to pay for overtime of an employee and $12,000 for uniforms without proper documentation.

"It's important for the public to know these were unintentional, We learned through the audit that we should've managed a little bit differently," Chief Mike Yankowski said.

Chief Yankowski says $15,000 may seem like a lot, but that's roughly half a percent of the $800,000 Lansing received from 2008 to 2012, the time the audit was conducted.

"I think the employees were going under the guidelines they thought we're accurate," Chief Yankowski said.

So now the department is using general fund dollars to cover those expenses and changing their accounting practices.

"We have somebody from accounting from the police department and we also have somebody from the city side of accounting will go through all of our grants and forfeiture funding is being appropriately," Chief Yankowski said.

They are adjustments the Lansing Police Department hope will make sure the Department of Justice doesn't come calling again.

Chief Yankowski says this was the first time the U.S Department of Justice has audited the City of Lansing, but adds this audit will help them when they do their own annual reviews.

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