CHARITON COUNTY, Mo. - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a report of the Chariton County Sheriff's Office.
Galloway said the audit was initiated by the sheriffs after discovering questionable activity.
Galloway found more than $26,000 was stolen over a two-year period from the department.
"When public dollars are abused, my office stands ready to offer resources to assist law enforcement and ensure those responsible are held accountable," Galloway said. "This audit can serve as a tool to strengthen processes within the sheriff's office to prevent and quickly identify questionable activity in the future."
Galloway said the money stolen should have been deposited in the sheriff's fee account or inmate account, something the jail administrator is responsible for.
The report also includes recommendations to improve oversight and accounting procedures within the sheriff's office to safeguard against possible loss or theft.