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Feb 9, 2013 2:31 PM by Associated Press

Audit: Pinal County lost millions from ICE contact

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - An internal audit shows that Pinal County has lost millions of dollars in potential revenue under a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees.

The Arizona Republic reports that the recent audit found that former county administrators knew ICE was getting the best deal possible at the county's expense. The audit found that the county charged ICE a daily rate per inmate less than what was needed to fund a jail expansion.

Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service is auditing the bond issue that funded Pinal County's jail renovations over concerned that the county may have issued the bonds under false pretenses.

The audit comes as a national coalition of advocacy groups last year named Pinal County's jail as one of the country's 10-worst immigration-detention facilities.

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