Audit: California Avocado Commission Misspent Money

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - State auditors say employees of the
California Avocado Commission misspent tens of thousands of dollars
in farmers' contributions on clothing, gifts and other personal
expenses.

The audit released Friday also claims the commission's former
chief executive improperly used $17,000 to renovate his home.

Mark Affleck, who resigned as CEO in May to take a leadership
position with Saddleback Church, declined to comment Friday.

The audit by the California Department of Food and Agriculture
claims 18 commission employees racked up more than $1.5 million on
commission-issued credit cards over three years. Some of those
charges were called "questionable at best and even personal at
times."

The report has been forwarded to the state Department of Justice
for review.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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