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Sheriff's Office responds to discovered fund

Sheriff's Office responds to discovered fund

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is taking on the county and the county Treasurer's Office.

It's all about a fund the current and former treasurer didn't know about.

The Sheriff's Office claimed they've reported the money for years.

Sgt. Greg White said a glitch caused a reporting error. The glitch happened because the system operated on software, which has since been replaced.

He also said the fund contains anywhere from $32,000 to $50,000.

White said a buffer is necessary because the expenses can vary.

The fund provides money for legal process when officers serve court orders, like restraining orders, summonses.

The sheriff is the only agency in El Paso County to do so because of a Colorado law that dates back to the 1800s.

But White also defends the agency against El Paso County spokesman Dave Rose, who claimed the EPSO is the only county office which has not reported every account to the Treasurer's Office.

"As I said, we provided documentation, we have documentation showing exactly what we did. We wrote them checks," White said. "I don't see how they can say we're not doing that when we wrote them checks."

White said he's working to release paperwork which will prove the office sent those checks.

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