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Audit of ex-mayor’s affair doesn’t quantify misspent funds

August 23, 2018
FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announces her resignation in Nashville, Tenn. A city audit of Barry’s affair with her police bodyguard did not say how much taxpayer money was used for overtime and out-of-town trips. The Tennessean reported Metro Nashville Auditor Mark Swann faced several constraints during the six-month investigation, the report on which was released Wednesday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A city audit of former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s affair with her police bodyguard does not reveal how much taxpayer money was used for overtime and out-of-town trips, but the auditor says he faced constraints in his work.

The Tennessean reports Metro Nashville Auditor Mark Swann says he didn’t have access to relevant files from the district attorney or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Barry also declined an interview.

The audit report released Wednesday confirms former Sgt. Rob Forrest was paid by the city while conducting unrelated activities, and that Barry and Forrest violated city ethics standards related to theft. Both have pleaded guilty to theft. But the report also says the allegation that the pair used city funds for “exclusively personal” trips isn’t substantiated.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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