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Audit questions use of state car by ALE chief

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An audit says the head of a state law enforcement agency used his government car and gas card to make his weekly commute from Raleigh to his home outside Asheville, a round trip of more than 500 miles.

According to the state audit issued Tuesday, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement director John Ledford repeatedly tried to block the investigation and ordered his subordinates not to talk. The report says Ledford claimed he had an official business reason for his Friday trips across the state, but he provided insufficient documentation to support that claim.

The former sheriff of Madison County, Ledford was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2009 to lead agency after his predecessor resigned in the wake of a scandal involving missing guns and questionable spending.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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