An audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog says a police chiefs group in Ohio mishandled nearly $5 million in federal grants.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police received more than half the money allocated to the state through a local police terrorism prevention program.

Homeland Security’s Inspector General says $4.8 spent by the association was not allowed under the grant, misclassified, handled outside the grant’s timelines or not properly documented.

The watchdog has recommended the federal Emergency Management Agency recoup the money from the state EMA, the local granting authority.

Joe Andrews, a spokesman for the state Public Safety department, tells the Columbus Dispatch Ohio is working with the chiefs group to see if any of the money can be documented.

Source: The Associated Press via Greenfield Reporter.

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