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Audit gives 'poor' rating to St. Louis recorder's office

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A state audit gives the St. Louis recorder of deed's office a "poor" rating, citing nepotism and concerns about financial management.

Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway released the results Tuesday, about 11 months after Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the audit.

Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter resigned in August 2014 after acknowledging she had violated Missouri's nepotism law by hiring her great-nephew for work as a temporary contractor. However, she ran for election in November 2014 and won her job back.

The audit also found that the office contracted for several renovation projects from 2009 through 2014 with a firm in which the deputy recorder's son was either owner or an employee.

Carpenter calls the audit disappointing but says her office is already implementing many of its recommendations.

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