LA city audit reports items worth $938,000 missing

An audit of three city departments due to be released today showed that items worth $938,000 could not be found, while others were misplaced.

Controller Wendy Greuel's audit, which covered items purchased for at least $5,000 in the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Sanitation and the Information Technology Agency over seven years, asked officials to account for 254 randomly selected items.

The audit found that 115 items were not where they should have been. Fifty-six were later found in the wrong place. Fifty-nine others, at combined cost of $938,000, have not been found, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Among the missing items was a video recorder bought by the information agency for nearly $60,000, according to Greuel's office.

Greuel scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference at City Hall to discuss the findings.