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Parks Dept. Investigation Shows Funds Intentionally Hidden



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 04, 2013
It shows that only part of the $54 million found in two funds were intentionally hidden from the Department of Finance. 
 
The audit shows senior management at the parks department intentionally underreported as much as $20 million beginning in 1996.
 
It found that $34 million concealed in one fund was unintentional.
 
But it's a different story for the State Parks and Recreation Fund.
 
The audit found money there was hidden unintentionally at first, but then it became "conscious and deliberate". 
 
Many top parks officials admitted they were concerned about future budget cuts and knew of the concealment. 
 
But the investigation failed to determine if former Parks Director Ruth Coleman knew about the hidden funds.
 
She resigned last July when the scandal became public.
 
The Attorney General interviewed 40 witnesses as part of the investigation.
 
Coleman refused to agree to an interview on the advice of her attorney.
 
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