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NC audit scrutinizes prof's summer beach trips

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- An audit says a North Carolina State University professor took Outer Banks trips using public funds but could not provide documents showing the travel was work-related.

State Auditor Beth Wood's office said Thursday associate professor Stacy Nelson spent nearly $3,400 from state grant funds on two trips in summer 2011. He and his family stayed once at the Sanderling Inn near Duck.

The audit says Nelson went to the coast to validate data from plant and water samples but did not keep paperwork with those results after they were recorded. University policy required records be maintained at least three years.

NC State said the policy is being re-emphasized and grant funds will be reimbursed for the travel.

Nelson said results were produced from the trips taken.

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One has to wonder

if this is the tip of the ice burg?

The Professor makes $82,000 annually.

The daily rate at Sanderling is $580 plus tax.

His other visit had an average daily rate of $480.

He knew the rules for record keeping required; yet failed to maintain them.

Meanwhile the state expended 488 manhours and $35,000 performing the audit.

So was this arrogance, ignorance, or entitlement?

If he's not losing his job, he should be requied to cover the expenses incurred by the State Auditor's office.

Will there be further cases unearthed?

Strange you would pick up on

Strange you would pick up on this investigation but you did not report on the 6-19-12 investigation of the top two ALE officials in raleigh. If you read through that investigation you would have found a story much more worthy of your time.