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County gets clean audit

Mecklenburg County’s audit has come back clean.

Raleigh-based accounting firm Cherry Bekaert and Holland conducted the audit, which included an examination of 16 federal programs overseen by the county.

Still, the firm raised concerns about missing paperwork in five of the federal programs but said there wasn’t evidence that individuals were receiving benefits for which they did not qualify.

After the scandal involving Mecklenburg Open Door, a nonprofit that has come under scrutiny for unauthorized expenses, Cherry Bekaert and Holland expanded its audit to include the county management’s of other programs, most of which are in the county’s health and social services departments. Sixteen such programs were included in this year’s audit.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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