Audit report: Oklahoma could owe federal government $15 million for misspent disaster funds

TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma is no stranger to natural disasters, but now the state could be forced to pay back some grant funding to the U.S. government.

According to FOX 23, the Office of the Inspector General says Oklahoma could owe more than $15 million after possibly misspending disaster funding.

The inspector general cites several instances of misspent funds, including one case following a huge brush fire in Sapulpa in 2012.

The Sapulpa Fire Department asked for new equipment and trucks, and the state approved the purchase of a Freightliner tanker and two ladder trucks.

However, the inspector general’s report shows that ladder trucks do not meet the grant requirements because they are not typically used for grass fires.

The state disputes the claims.