Audit of Ag Department still weeks away; Richie Farmer yet to make statement, auditor says

03/05/2012 07:32 AM

After nearly seven weeks of work, state auditors still have weeks worth of sifting through the Agriculture Department to do, said Auditor Adam Edelen.

Edelen, a Democrat, and new Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a Republican, jointly announced the audit of the department after numerous questions surfaced about spending and personnel practices of the former commissioner, Richie Farmer.

Edelen initially said he thought the review would be finished in about six weeks or so. But he told Pure Politics last week, he may have underestimated the job:

Edelen said Farmer hasn’t made a statement yet. He will have that chance at the end of the review.

He wouldn’t confirm which former top deputies to Farmer had been interviewed or whether Farmer’s ex-wife, Rebecca Farmer, had spoken with auditors.


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