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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County executive is defending the county's embattled Children's Service Fund.
An internal audit released Monday raised questions about operation of the fund, which provides grant money to agencies helping children. It is funded by a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008.
Among other things, the audit suggested conflicts of interest among staff and board members, questioned several contracts for either spending too much or spending without approval and cited improper use of purchasing cards.
County Executive Charlie Dooley told KMOX Radio that overall the fund is doing good work. He blamed former director Kate Tansey for problems. She was let go in October amid an FBI investigation but has denied wrongdoing.
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