Some L.A. City Purchases Found Languishing Unused For Years -- Or Not Found At All

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel on Monday planned to release an audit showing that some city departments can't locate items that have been purchased on the taxpayers' dime.

Greuel teased some of her findings in a statement released over the weekend: The audit looked at 254 items and found 115 were not "where they should have been." Another 59 items, worth $938,000, could not be found at all. Those items include a $60,000 video recorder purchased by the Information Technology Agency.

Greuel found $237,000 worth of goods purchased by the technology agency and the Department of Recreation and Parks languishing in warehouses or staging areas for at least one year. In fact some of the those times, which included microwave ovens, television sets and one deep fryer, were bought seven years ago, Greuel stated.

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