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EMSA External Audit Released (Jan 22, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A newly released audit of the state's largest ambulance service shows the agency's director spent money on trips to a spa, an American Airlines Admirals' Club membership and several lifetime subscriptions to satellite radio services.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said the audit released Tuesday shows the Emergency Medical Services Authority's longtime CEO Stephen Williamson was reimbursed for numerous expenditures ``that the general public would consider unwarranted and extravagant.''

Jones said the audit also examined potential conflicts of interest between EMSA executives and vendors and erroneous billing and collection practices.

EMSA said in a statement the board requested the audit as part of its efforts to ``improve the organization's overall practices and policies.''

EMSA provides ambulance services to more than 1 million Oklahomans in central and northeast Oklahoma.

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