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State Fair Political Practices Commission To Follow Up On Ventura County DA’s Investigation Of City Of Oxnard

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 12:25am

Ventura County prosecutors say they couldn’t find enough evidence to prosecute some Oxnard city officials for mismanagement, and misuse of city funds, but the State Fair Political Practices Commission says it will pursue one aspect of the D-A’s investigation.

Prosecutors seized boxes of records and files in the summer of 2010, amid allegations of gift reporting violations, misappropriation of public funds, and conflicts of interest.

As KCLU News reported earlier this week, in a 99 page report the DA’s office says it found significant recordkeeping deficiencies, wasteful spending on meals and travel, and inaccurate and misleading contracting practices.

Prosecutors say while they didn’t have enough evidence to file criminal charges, they did turn over evidence of Oxnard City officials receiving, but not reporting meals, rounds of golf, and event tickets from city contractors to the state commission.

Commission officials say they will investigate the evidence, and if it confirms the problems, it could issue fines.

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