SACRAMENTO – A new report by the state attorney general’s office reveals that officials have kept millions of dollars hidden from the public for several years.
The 140-page attorney general’s report, released Friday (Jan. 4), indicates that a change in the budgeting process between 1995 and 200 may have led to some sizable financial errors within the CA state parks system.
And the report suggests that State park officials have been covering up those errors after discovering them for at least 15 years, largely out of embarrassment and fear of reprisals or subsequent budget cuts.
According to the report, $20 million in entrance and camping fees has been sitting in an account unspent.
Though the errors exist, the report indicates no evidence that the money was stolen or use improperly.
As a result, it’s uncertain whether any criminal charges will be filed in connection with the accounting errors and hidden funds.