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State auditor: More than 1,900 computers unaccounted for

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A report from the state auditor says more than 1,900 computers bought by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety over two years ago are unaccounted for.

The Charlotte Observer reports State Auditor Beth Wood said it's unclear where the computers are and whether any were stolen. Wood said while DPS was able to track down most of the 8,600 desktop and laptop computers purchased in 2014 and 2015, many are still missing.

According to the audit, the department distributed the computers to users but didn't track and account for them. The audit also said the department didn't conduct an inventory of computer equipment for more than five years.

DPS Secretary Erik Hooks said his agency would follow the auditor's recommendations for preventing loss and theft.

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