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Audit: Utah Alcohol Regulators May Not Be Properly Checking Sales Figures

An audit shows Utah's alcohol regulators have failed to check the accuracy of sales reports from some liquor outlets, which could result in the loss of tax revenue to the state.

The Deseret News reports that a state financial audit released Tuesday didn't specify how much potential revenue Utah could lose. But auditors noted that a lack of oversight for breweries, distilleries and winery package agencies could lead to underreported sales and cause "substantial" losses in state funds designated for public safety and school lunches.

The audit also identified several other areas where the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control could improve its accounting and management practices.

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The department's executive director, Sal Petilos, says the agency is reviewing its procedures to make sure finances are handled appropriately.