Department of Transportation audit reveals workers improperly reimbursed for travel expenses

State auditors found that under their contact, eight employees were all designated to work out of the Poughkeepsie office but were sent to work in Tarrytown on the Tappan Zee Bridge project for more than three years. (2/18/14)

TARRYTOWN - A state audit revealed officials in the state Department of Transportation reimbursed workers for travel expenses they were not entitled to.

State auditors found that under their contact, eight employees were all designated to work out of the Poughkeepsie office but were sent to work in Tarrytown on the Tappan Zee Bridge project for more than three years.

State auditors say DOT officials should have known under their own guidelines that the workers were not eligible to have their personal car mileage, tolls and other expenses paid for, but they ignored it, leaving taxpayers to foot a bill of more than $300,000.

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The DOT was audited between 2007 and 2011.

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