Audit: $325K lost by state's parole agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A South Carolina agency is under fire after state auditors say hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraud disappeared.

According to a report from the Legislative Audit Council, the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and pardon Services gave 20 computers to a church, hired unqualified applicants and could not find $3250,000 in fraud money for two years.

The agency has since said they are working to correct the problems.

"There was a cashflow issue and it was just kind of weird the years the Legislative Audit Council happened to pick," said an agency spokesman. "It had just come after years and years of us being conservative in spending the taxpayers' dollars. Once we finally got to the point where we could start hiring, it just took us a little while to get up and going."

The Budget and Control Board is conducting a separate procurement audit and plans to release that report later this summer.