$52,000 worth of taxpayer-funded fuel missing from two Clinton County dispensing tanks

State: Fuel tracking records were falsified

WILMINGTON, Ohio -- About $52,000 worth of fuel is missing Monday from two Clinton County dispensing tanks, according to the Ohio Inspector General.

The Ohio Department of Transportation could not account for more than 14,700 gallons of the fuel, which is paid for by Ohio taxpayers.

Evidence was found that certain fuel tracking records were falsified over three years, despite agency policies to account for fuel transfer, Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer said.

According to the state's investigation , the amount of adjustments indicating a change in fuel storage for District 8 was four times higher than the state's other districts. District 8 includes Preble, Butler, Warren, Green, Clinton, Hamilton and Clermont counties.

The Clinton County garage and 68 Outpost stations were responsible for the majority of the adjustments in District 8, the report states. Meyer recommended the Ohio Department of Transportation review the investigation and adjust inventory and spot check policies.

The full report by the Ohio General Inspector is available here .

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