State auditors highlighted "significant oversight concerns" Wednesday about a $440,000 TV production truck bought by an Dixie State College-run TV production agency that has seen one employee charged with fraud.
The Community Education Channel Agency, formed by the college and local governments, only broadcast a dozen educational events in southern Utah with the truck. It instead leased it back to its original owner and others who used it for out-of-state sports coverage, according to a Legislative audit released Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a former CECA employee is facing theft and fraud charges for allegedly submitting false invoices and re-selling equipment to the agency for a "significant markup," according to charging documents.
State auditors say the problems point to a need for clearer laws and tighter oversight on inter-local bodies like CECA and UTOPIA, a multi-city public-sector broadband Internet network in northern Utah now mired in $120 million of debt.