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NC audit cites laptop misuse by school CIO

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A state audit says a University of North Carolina School of the Arts employee misused state property when she brought home a school computer for her son.


    
State Auditor Beth Wood on Thursday released findings of an investigation that originated from a tip.


    
The report says the chief information officer acquired an Apple MacBook Pro for the Winston-Salem school in 2010 that cost more than $2,000, but she said the laptop had connectivity problems and acquired another computer. Auditors say she took home the first laptop, which appeared to work properly and her son used at Appalachian State University.

 

The University told investigators that department heads are not required to get supervisory approval for the purchase of equipment intended for use in their respective departments.

 

"It is $2,400 dollars but again its people in authoritative positions who are supposed to be caring about the taxpayer's dollars, who are supposed to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and they're abusing their positions and authority," said Wood.

 

The university declined requests for an on-camera interview and instead, sent a statement.

 


"A mistake was made. It was a misuse of state equipment, and the University has taken appropriate disciplinary action," said Interim Chancellor James Moeser.

 

The university did not say what disciplinary action was taken but a university spokeswoman confirmed the unnamed employee remains employed by the University.

 

Chancellor Moeser says other changes are being made to reduce property misuse.

 

To confidentially report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in state government call the state auditor's hotline at (800) 730-8477.

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