AUDITORS find no wrongdoing

Saturday, May 12th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) _ State auditors found nothing wrong with the billing practices of Braggs' police chief, but have advised town officials to do a better job of record keeping.

Auditors released their report Friday after looking into allegations by citizens that police Chief T.D. Morgan illegally billed the city for work while he also was working for other law-enforcement agencies.

``All in all, the money's in the cash register and that's the main thing you have to go by,'' Auditor and Inspector Clifton Scott said. ``We didn't see anything in there to send anybody off to Big Mac (the McAlester prison) or Leavenworth.''

Morgan said he was never worried. ``We knew all along there was nothing to it,'' he said. ``It was just factions with axes to grind because I had busted their kinfolk.''

Mayor Paula Stanfill said most of the items that auditors noted in their report have been corrected, including how the police chief documents his time.

Auditors did find that a former town clerk apparently helped a relative pay a traffic fine. The matter has been turned over to the Muskogee County district attorney.

In that case, auditors found that the clerk held a relative's bounced check, paid to the town for traffic citations, until it could be replaced with cash.

Auditors said the relative was convicted of four traffic violations on Oct. 22, 1999, including a suspended drivers license and no insurance, and fined $657. His check was returned to the city marked ``insufficient funds.''

According to state law, a warrant should have immediately been issued for his arrest.

The town clerk resigned last year.