Broward County, Fla., inspector general John Scott said Monday that top employees in the city of Lauderdale Lakes “have grossly mismanaged public funds entrusted to its care.”

Scott said that his investigation into the city’s finances from 2008 through 2011 found that the former finance director, under the authority of the former city manager, proposed revenue estimates “that ignored the downturn in the economy and multiple financial red flags,” and maintained spending levels at “unsustainable amounts.”

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