An employee at the state Department of Public Instruction collected $3,270 in undeserved travel reimbursements over the 12 months ending June 2011, according to a state audit.
The state Auditor's office found the employee had overstated miles driven by 6,474.
DPI said in response that the employee will be disciplined and the department will get the money back. The employee works for the DPI division responsible for helping schools improve.
The auditor found during its review of DPI's top 10 travelers 104 instances with discrepancies in the employee's reported mileage.
Seventy percent of the reports the employee filed with his supervisor were problematic, according to the audit.
For example, he reported leaving Gibsonville at 7 a.m. one day and arriving at a school 156 miles away at 8 a.m.