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Audit: Judges took illegal control of building 'Taj Mahal'



From this morning's St. Petersburg Times, by Senior Correspondent Lucy Morgan:

Judges at the 1st District Court of Appeal illegally took control of building themselves a new courthouse and added millions to the cost with custom fixtures, etched glass, African mahogany and granite, according to auditors who reviewed the project.

The audit, ordered by Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, found 17 instances "each of which appear to be violations of and/or inconsistent with ''state law, administrative rules or audit practices by the court and by the Department of Management Services, the state agency that oversees construction and leasing of state buildings.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:46am]


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