Audit: Oakland Employees Took $23,000 in Gifts

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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An audit of Oakland's workers' compensation program finds city employees accepted $23,000 in inappropriate gifts from a contractor during two training summits in 2007 and 2008.
     

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports the audit also finds Oakland's Risk Division spent $10 million more than the $13 million it was allowed under the budget without ever getting approval from the City Council. The Risk Division is the office that oversees the city's workers' compensation program.  
    City Auditor Courtney Ruby says the money was pulled from an ``off-the-books account'' that ``nobody was tracking.''
     
    Ruby says the fund was used for operations of the office in violation of city rules.
     
    City Administrator Deanna Santana acknowledged the problems and said the city has already fixed many of the issues.