State auditor finds missing inmate funds

Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 16:07:32-05
The hits seem to just keep coming for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office– the latest problem includes an investigation into missing funds from inmate accounts at the county jail.
State auditor Gary Jones said accounts have not been adding up during yearly reviews since 2012. He alerted the Tulsa County district attorney's office, which launched an investigation that will include the OSBI.
"Well for several years we've had issues with the account not balancing," Jones said
Jail operations are funded by taxpayers, but it is inmates' families who contribute to trust accounts for use at commissary. Inmates use the money to buy food and personal items.
"We will bring in some special auditors who will go in and reconcile the accounts and follow and see where it leads us," Jones said.
He said other counties have seen similar accounting problems before but Tulsa's case is unusual due the size of the county and the amount of money in question.
Final dollar amounts have not yet been made available.
The next jail audit report from the previous fiscal year is due out in the next several days.