ATLANTA (AP) — A new audit states that Fulton County's information technology department has mismanaged millions of dollars in contracts.
The audit released Wednesday also found that the department violated numerous county rules involving contracts and ethics during a four-year span.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the audit found the department improperly paid a vendor $14.6 million before it had done required work. The internal county audit said the department also paid excessive salaries to some contract employees.
The newspaper reports that the county's IT Department disputes many of the findings and will respond in 30 days.
County Commissioners said they were angered by the findings and rejected requests to renew four IT contracts.
Commissioner Joan Garner, who requested the audit, called its findings "appalling."
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police say three people — including two women in their 80s — were killed when a driver struck a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended.
Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman says the crash Wednesday night along the Pacific Coast Highway left as many as nine people injured after the female motorist hit the pedestrians and another car.
Police initially said one person had died.
The woman was driving a white sedan north when she ran a red light, plowed into the pedestrians and then hit another vehicle.
Police took the woman to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys.
The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on grand theft charges.
The Polk County Sheriff's office says the men filled a shopping cart with a motorized power wheel Barbie car, Leap Frog tablet and a Barbie Glam vacation house. They walked through the store together.
Video surveillance shows Dupree on the floor near the store entrance, clutching his chest. As concerned citizens checked on him, Scott walked out of the store with the cart. Once Scott was outside, Dupree got up and walked out. They left in a silver SUV, but deputies caught up with them.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Phenix City woman has pleaded guilty to having a role in a tax fraud ring that operated in east Alabama and west Georgia.
Cynthia Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy. She admitted that while she was working for Walmart in Columbus, Georgia, she helped arrange the cashing of $5,047 in fraudulent tax refund checks.
She was among 10 people indicted in May on charges involving about 7,000 fraudulent returns using identities stolen in Alabama and Georgia. The tax returns sought $20 million in refunds. She will be sentenced later.
Seven other defendants in the case are scheduled for trial in April in Opelika.
TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire.