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Nevilledog

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Mon Apr 15, 2024, 06:08 PM Apr 15

Lectern Gate Referred to Prosecutor by Investigators: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is in trouble. [View all]

https://www.meidastouch.com/news/lectern-gate-referred-to-prosecutor-by-investigators

Arkansas State Auditors have completed an exhaustive and extensive investigation into the purchase of a very expensive lecture by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which has been alleged to have been used to cover up an unauthorized travel expense. They referred the findings of their investigation to a prosecutor's office that oversees Little Rock to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

The Lectern was purchased for an exorbitant price of $19,020.00, which was nearly double the estimate that was initially provided to the Governor's office by the company. The investigation noted that both the company and Governor Sanders refused to sit down for an interview with them to note some of the discrepancies in the billing, which included a $2,500 "consulting fee." The Governor's office did issue a statement that it was a custom podium designed to fit the height corresponding to Sanders' elbows, which she likes to rest on podiums.

The Governor's office claimed that the money was refunded by the company because the lectern didn't exactly fit Governor Sanders' height and requirements.

The report also noted irregularities in how the podium was paid for, which was done by an Executive Assistant to Sanders using a payment method that could not be easily tracked with the state's normal auditing system for purchases. The Assistant also listed the podium as a "computer equipment" purchase that was authorized for that account, which the investigators questioned.

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Full report:
https://arktimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Leg-Audit-Report.pdf
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