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Hoke County Auditor Suspended

Posted October 5, 2007

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— A Raeford account who has audited Hoke County's books over the past 10 years has been temporarily banned from doing governmental audits.

The North Carolina Board of Certified Public Account Examiners has ordered James Baker not to perform governmental audits for the next 5 years, Robert Brooks, the board's executive director, said.

Baker, a certified public accountant, committed errors in his audit of Hoke County in 2006, Brooks said. The mistakes were discovered by the Local Government Commission, the state agency responsible for reviewing financial statements from all counties.

Baker may still perform private accounting work, the state board ruled. He has held a CPA license since February 1968.

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