Corruption

Auditors Find Major Problems at PA Turnpike Authority

Interesting charges, no receipts

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In February 2010, one or more commissioners of the Pennsylvania Turnpike walked into a Harrisburg restaurant.

They, perhaps with guests, rang up a bill of nearly $500.

But it's impossible to determine the punch line of that joke because auditors who recently examined the turnpike's expense accounts say there is no way to know much else about what happened at the restaurant.

Like most expenses incurred by the top officials of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, there were no receipts and no information about the number of individuals involved, the content of their orders or the legitimate business purpose for the gathering.