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Investigative audit of Oklahoma Turnpike Authority requested by state AG

Tulsa World

By Carmen Forman

March 15, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The state’s attorney general has requested an investigative audit of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority amid questions and concerns about a massive toll road expansion across the state.

In a Wednesday letter to State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd, Attorney General Gentner Drummond said he has heard from numerous Oklahomans who are concerned about the authority’s operations.

“I have had many conversations over the past few months with legislators, community leaders, private citizens and state employees who have expressed a wide array of concerns with the financial conduct of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (‘OTA’),” Drummond wrote in the letter. “These concerns include but are not limited to improper transfers between the OTA and the Department of Transportation; improper contracting and purchasing practices; and inadequate internal financial controls.”

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