The Roane County Highway Department is now facing scrutiny from the state.
In a recent audit, the state found that a county road department employee requested a vendor changed the date on an invoice to show that it was purchased the subsequent fiscal year.
The invoice was for more than $22,000 worth of fuel and the date was changed from June 30th to July 1st.
State auditors stated that management did not follow proper procedures by getting an approved purchase order to maker sure funds were available.
As for purchasing the fuel in June instead of July, County Road Superintendent said buying that fuel was something he had to do.
"If I hadn't bough fuel in June I'd had to just shut down and I couldn't afford to do that either and it's hard to determine from July 1 to the next July how much fuel you're going to burn and what the price is going to be," said Roane County Superintendent Tom Hamby.
District Attorney Russell Johnson said since the county was not actually out any money and it was not a theft that they will not pursue the matter any further.