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It's Your Dime: Scathing A.C. Audit

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There's big money trouble behind the shimmery glow of New Jersey's gambling mecca, Atlantic City.

The state comptroller said he has pin-pointed tens of millions of dollars in waste and mismanagement in Atlantic City government, Fox 29's Jeff Cole

The 47-page report identified "widespread weaknesses in the city's financial management practices and internal control structure."

Among the findings:
properties eligible for foreclosure, valued at $9 million, were not foreclosed upon by the city;
city council members have aides that have little or nothing to do. The cost to taxpayers: is nearly $500,000;
no cap on extended sick leave for police. The 15 officers who took the most sick leave cost taxpayers nearly $2 million.

The audit is the latest blow to the city's already tarnished reputation, including the actions of former Mayor Robert Levy, who resigned in 2007 for embellishing his Army record by claiming to be a green beret while serving in Vietnam.

State Comptroller Matthew Boxer said he has laid out basic steps to get the city back to financial health, and he said he'll follow up.

Atlantic City officials indicate they're already working to put limits on police sick leave.

As always, we want to hear from you. If you have examples of questionable government spending call, the Fox 29 Investigates tip line or visit our Web page and let his know about it.

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