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Review critical of NC ALE chief won’t be quashed

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood will continue distributing a report critical of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division chief that details what it called attempts to thwart her investigation.

A lawyer for Wood’s office responded Thursday to a cease-and-desist letter signed by attorneys representing ALE Director John Ledford and given to Wood on Wednesday before she talked to lawmakers about last month’s review.

One attorney for Ledford says the review crossed the line by accusing him and other officials of interfering with the probe. But auditor’s lawyer Tim Hoegemeyer said the report was completed in accordance with state law and the people investigated weren’t identified by name.

The audit determined Ledford and his lieutenant used a government car and public funds to commute weekly from the mountains to Raleigh.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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