A recent recovery audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found that the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police mishandled $4.8 million in federal anti-terrorism grants, according to the Greenfield Reporter.
More than $800,000 in bonuses that were awarded to the association's executive director was found to be inconsistent with the grant, and a further $185,000 was spent on books, awards, plaques, and lapel pins unrelated to the grant. Additionally, a $227,000 trip to Turkey intended to educate Ohio police officials about terrorism was found to be improperly documented, and numerous time sheets were either missing or unsigned.
Following an audit solutions recommendation from the watchdog that the Federal Emergency Management Agency recoup the money from its state counterpart, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is working with the police chiefs organization to see if any of the spending can be documented, in order to avoid paying it back.
According to WBNS-TV, if the association does not repay the money, Ohio taxpayers will have to foot the bill.