Audit critical of Helena-West Helena

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor says his office is now investigating the findings of an audit of the city of Helena-West Helena.

First District Prosecutor Fletcher Long in Forrest City says the investigation is in addition to an ongoing investigation into the city's finances from an audit last year.

The latest audit questions payments of nearly $60,000 to Mayor James Valley and other city officials and employees in 2007.

Valley did not return a phone call for comment but has said many of the problems are due to a lack of receipts.

Auditors also found the city paid more than $79,000 to employees in addition to regular salaries. The payments include $51,000 to City Attorney Andre Valley, the mayor's brother.

Information from: The Morning News,

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