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Lawmakers want Cal Fire off-budget account probe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Republican lawmakers want federal prosecutors to investigate nearly $4 million placed in a Cal Fire off-budget account.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/Wr113t) says the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection placed the money with the California District Attorneys Association from 2005 to 2012 to use for training and equipment.

Cal Fire regulations say the $3.6 million from legal settlements was supposed to be sent to the state general fund.

In a letter to the governor, the legislators say what they call subterfuge money has been spent on a variety of questionable expenditures that have nothing to do with reimbursing the state for firefighting costs.

The letter asks the governor to request an investigation by the U.S. Attorney.

State Department of Finance auditors are already looking into the fund.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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