BRADENTON, Fla. - Abuse of authority and an apparently unauthorized accounting practice resulted in a financial deficit at the Georgia Department of Transportation that violated the state's constitution, according to investigations released late Monday by the state's auditor and inspector general.

The practices risked the state's financial stability and its triple-A bond rating by violating Georgia's constitution, which mandates a balanced budget, said a special report by the Department of Audits and Accounts.

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