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WPD investigation started with unaccounted $100

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An internal audit of the Wilmington Police Department's special investigative fund shows the first red flag that would eventually lead to a reorganization of the Narcotics Unit.

WECT.com obtained a copy of the audit Tuesday, showing a discrepancy of $100 on a review of eleven transactions.  On December 10th, 2012, Sgt. J.P. Musacchio conducted the audit of transactions within the vice cash fund for the period between November 26 – December 7. 

After the report, the city auditor attempted to identify what happened to the money but was unsuccessful.  

That's when a formal review by the Professional Standards Unit was conducted looking at all transactions from the fund, according to a press release from WPD last month. It was that review which uncovered violations in WPD policy including alcohol violations and documenting cash use in operations related to a botched undercover prostitution and drug sting. 

According to the December audit, Lt. Kathy Cochran implemented changes in response to the missing $100 so only sergeants and lieutenants could make cash withdrawals from the fund.

WECT recently learned that it was Lt. Cochran who first notified superior officers about potential problems with the undercover prostitution sting, though it is still unclear if that was before or after the December audit.

The SBI has agreed to investigate possible criminal activity by the Wilmington Police Department at the request of the District Attorney's Office and Chief Ralph Evangelous.

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