Former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw was first elected to that office in 1992 and was re-elected four times. Republican Patrick Morrisey defeated McGraw in 2012.
In his last year in office, McGraw asked the Legislative Auditor's office to examine expenditures from the attorney general's Consumer Protection Fund. That account receives and disburses money from companies the office sues for violating consumer protection laws.
Asking for the audit when leaving an office that had been in the same hands for 16 years was a defensive move on his part. Morrisey had criticized his handling of those funds.
The review revealed no wrongdoing, but it did find astonishing shortcomings that have to be corrected.
The legislative auditor's office looked at expenditures from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and found what Legislative Auditor Aaron characterized as "a serious lack of internal controls, specifically:
* Commingling of funds, making it impossible to track if money won in a case was spent for that case.
* Insufficient documentation of how funds were spent. Auditors could not tell if the office had properly spent almost $800,000 won in 77 cases because there wasn't enough detail in the state accounting system.
* Insufficient oversight of those in charge of the money. The chief financial officer/comptroller and the "accounts payable clerk were in charge of entering expenditures into the state's centralized accounting system. The comptroller was also in charge of approving the expenditures in the system.
The two people who held those positions were married to each other.