Shenzhen auditor says tens of millions mishandled or stolen Shenzhen's director of audit has condemned government bureaus and agencies for embezzling or mishandling tens of millions of yuan. The financial irregularities were committed by the bureaus of science, technology and information, environmental protection, urban management, communications and water resources, Shenzhen University City, Shenzhen Longgang Waste Incinerator, the Donghu Hospital and Lotus Hill Country Park, the Auditing Administration said following its annual examination of government accounts. The Bureau of Science, Technology and Information was found to have mishandled more than 24 million yuan of a government fund set up to support the city's hi-tech industry. The fund has granted 215 million yuan to 86 scientific projects since 1998. The auditors discovered about 11 per cent of the grants had been misused. One company was found to have spent 6 million yuan it obtained from the fund to buy stocks. It also loaned another 3 million yuan to other companies without informing the authorities. The report said the management of the fund was concentrated in a few people's hands and supervision was lacking. It advised the authorities to launch further investigations and punish officials responsible for the mismanagement. Staff of the Bureau of Communications were found to have spent 83 million yuan budgeted for building stations on other projects. Staff of the Water Resources Bureau embezzled money assigned for river treatment to buy luxury jeeps, the report said. The auditors said managers of the Donghu Hospital, the city's largest dedicated Sars-treatment centre, had handed out big bonuses to employees using money assigned for building new wards - when the hospital did not have enough room for patients and its quarantine facilities did not meet national safety standards. The report suggested the government build a new infectious diseases hospital and strengthen financial controls. The public criticism is a sign auditors are gaining more power. State auditors have in the past been seen as a 'rubber stamp' and were often reluctant to criticise other government departments. Director of Audit Chen Zhigang said this year's report was more comprehensive than those in previous years. He also said that, for the first time, the audit results would be used in assessing officials' performances, the Southern Metropolis News reported.