When you flub your checkbook, the mistake is probably worth a few bucks.
When the state treasurer botches the books, it can mean $141 million.
State Auditor Les Merritt released a report Tuesday that was part of a larger look at state finances. It showed that financial statements prepared by Treasurer Richard Moore's office contained a few bookkeeping errors. Moore is a Democratic candidate for governor.
The errors found in a routine audit included an understatement of $141 million, an overstatement of $80 million and misclassification of millions more.
No money is missing and the errors appear to be just that — bookkeeping mistakes. In a response to the auditor's findings, Moore's office wrote that the mistakes were minor and the milliions were a tiny fraction of the total funds Moore's office handles. Moore's office has already improved its processes, according to the report.
"We strive for total accuracy in all aspects of our agency's functions," according to the response from Moore's office.