Fayetteville State University audit report shows misuse of funds

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Fayetteville State University is implementing new oversight measures after a state auditor’s report revealed nearly $700,000 in improper credit card purchases by the university’s Office of Strategic Communication. The audit uncovered unauthorized travel expenses, misuse of travel purchasing cards, and undisclosed financial interests in businesses by employees. Purchases included visits to a spa, arriving at a New York City conference two days early, $5,395 on hotel stays trip stays within 35 miles of the campus, $71,792 travel purchasing cards on consultants, and $1,276 via CashApp. In addition, State Auditor Jessica Holmes found that the communications office made payments totaling $165,000 to four businesses owned by university employees, who never disclosed their financial interests.

Chancellor Darrell Allision has stated that the audit findings were “egregious and disturbing.” The university said the employees responsible are no longer employed at FSU, that it is training employees about its financial policies, and that it is hiring new internal auditors.

The findings have been referred to the State Bureau of Investigation for potential criminal charges. The university is hiring new auditors and training staff to prevent future violations. The employees responsible are no longer with FSU.

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