BEND -- An audit has found the office of former Deschutes County District Attorney Mike Dugan had been reimbursing witnesses at higher rates and for a wider range of expenses than required by state law.
The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports the audit found Dugan's office also purchased $43,000 worth of copiers without a competitive bidding process, and failed to provide adequate protection for evidence that it was holding.
The findings came from David Givans, the county's internal auditor.
Givans completes a similar routine audit every time a newly elected official, such as the county sheriff or clerk, takes office.
Dugan defended his approach Monday, saying the state's minimum witness reimbursement amounts are not enough to help low-income witnesses attend trials. Dugan also said there were no problems with evidence room security.