Audit of UA division turned over to prosecutor


LITTLE ROCK — The state’s chief auditor informed legislators Monday that an audit report of University of Arkansas finances that elicited conflicting testimony before a legislative panel last week has been forwarded to the Washington County prosecutor.

Roger Norman, director of the state Division of Legislative Audit, formally notified members of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee in a letter that he had forwarded the investigative report to Prosecutor John Threet.

Testifying before the committee Friday, fired UA spokesman John Diamond said he was told by UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart and others to destroy documents related to a budget shortfall in the UA Division of University Advancement. Gearhart disputed the accusation.

State law requires the audit division to submit to prosecutors for criminal review any report that raises the possibility of a crime.

Lawmakers reviewed a state audit that found deficits in the division’s budget of $2.14 million in fiscal 2011 and $4.19 million in fiscal 2012.