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Officials say audit shows allegations untrue about sheriff's office

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

County officials say an audit released just this week shows that allegations of millions of dollars of unaccounted funds from the Harris County Sheriff's Office are untrue.

However, one concerned citizen says that audit was not good enough.

"There was really no reaction because I didn't expect anything other than that. I would have been surprised if they found something," said Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley.

That is how Jolley felt after hearing that an audit showed that allegations that his office misappropriated $2.8 million over about 20 years were not true. 

However, Dan Colberg, the man who first presented those allegations to the Harris County Board of Commissioners a few weeks ago, says there needs to be more investigation.

"I want the commissioners to start off right. They need to get the GBI down here to investigate these allegations. If the GBI finds no fault in anything, then we can move on," said Colberg.

Harry Lange, Chairman for the Harris County Board of Commissioners, says he and the county attorney reviewed records as well as auditors from Columbus.

"After our auditors and after our review, we came up with the conclusion that there was nothing to miss. So, there was no reason at all to call in the GBI," said Lange.

Jolley says he is ready for the accusations to end and believes this might all be because Colberg ran against him in the election for sheriff in the past.

"Don't try to prove me as a criminal. Don't try to throw mud on me or this office. Put yourself out there as a candidate and run," said Jolley.

However, Colberg says he is just a concerned citizen.

"That was four years ago. It is in the past. The thing we learned from the past is not to make the same mistakes," said Colberg.

Commissioner Lange says there will not be another investigation into these allegations.

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