No criminal charges will result from audits of Utah liquor board

Dec 9 2012 - 3:39pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General's Office says no criminal charges will be filed against former executives of Utah's liquor agency after a series of critical state audits of them.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Kirk Torgensen says an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control found poor management was to blame for accounting and procurement irregularities.

Torgensen says that while "sloppy bookkeeping and lax procurement procedures are contrary to the public interest," the investigation found no evidence of criminal intent on the part of the former employees.

Former Executive Director Dennis Kellen and former Compliance Director Earl Dorius were among seven top department executives who either resigned or were fired after several audits critical of management practices, administrative perks and bookkeeping irregularities at the agency.

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