Attorney general told regents to release K-State audit

The Kansas Board of Regents released an audit into questionable financial dealings at Kansas State University only after the local Manhattan paper filed a complaint with the state seeking its release, prime buzz learned today.

After The Manhattan Mercury filed an open records complaint, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s office reviewed the audit, spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett said today.

“We did an investigation and determined that the record – the audit – should be released,” she said.

The audit, dated April 27 but only released last Friday, revealed a series of undisclosed payments, conflicts of interest, accounting irregularities and possible tax problems at the university and its athletic department.

“Shedding light on the transactions outlined in the audit helps to inform the public about the practices employed by the athletic department and will help Kansas State improve in the future,” Anstaett said.

But she said the AG’s office isn’t investigating the allegations within the audit.

Neither is the local prosecutor, Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson.

“No request has been made to do so by the Board of Regents,” Wilkerson said this afternoon.