OCSO Audit Finds More Than $1 Million Worth Of Missing Equipment

Wednesday, February 24th 2021, 7:39 am
By: Colby Thelen

An audit of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office finds more than a million dollars’ worth of missing equipment.

Newly elected sheriff Tommie Johnson III requested the audit upon entering office in an attempt to further transparency.

The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspectors Office released the report which revealed the discrepancy.

The inventory list included 4,559 items. The report found 998 of those items were not found. The total value on those items was $2,150,089.

Additionally, the audit found 1,091 items totaling $4,845,141 have not been properly disposed of.

Three items totaling $3,758 were reported stolen.

The sheriff’s office says the items were worth $6.9 million, but when you factor in depreciation the final value is estimated at $1.4 million.

Sheriff Johnson addressed the audit in a statement saying, “It’s important to know exactly where we stand in terms of equipment. At this point, the problem seems poor record-keeping, and we have a plan to modernize the system to keep better track of the equipment that taxpayers are funding."

On Wednesday, Johnson plans to address the audit and outline a plan to keep better track of the inventory at a press conference.

The press conference is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.