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Audit: Lax Oversight Led to Air Force Fuel Overcharges

Audit: Lax Oversight Led to Air Force Fuel Overcharges

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Air Force audit has found that Hill Air Force Base has incurred jet fuel overcharges possibly in the (M)millions of dollars, and no repayment is forthcoming.

The Air Force Audit Agency has reported the base was overcharged 319 thousand dollars in 2002.

That's according to a copyright story in today's Deseret Morning News.

The audit report, obtained through a federal Freedom of Information Act request, also found that off-base suppliers billed the base 110 times for more fuel than the aircraft actually could hold -- overcharges that officials with Hill's 388th Fighter Wing failed to notice.

The audit recommended changes, which the 388th has implemented. But the base won't be reimbursed for past billing mistakes.

Base officials say they are aware they need to watch over taxpayers' money, and have put in place better accountability controls.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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