Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-20 21:26:43 –
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East Laurinburg, NC (AP) —A state audit shows that a former financial officer in a Scottish county town spent more than $ 11,000 on home utility bills and other suspicious items to fund the town.
North Carolina Auditor Beth Wood’s office said 2017 and 2018 that a former East Laurinburg financial officer, unnamed in the research report, would pay electricity and water bills at home. He said the audit had found that he had written 13 checks for about $ 2,700.
According to Wood’s office, there were no documents available to support more than $ 8,500 at an additional cost, including 28 other checks and a town petrol card. According to the press, most of the checks were co-signed by a town committee member, the mother of the chief financial officer.
“I don’t know if she has a receipt,” the audit told investigators, citing the commissioner, “she was in charge of it, and I take it for granted that it was.” I thought. “
According to an audit, the mayor of East Laurinburg, a 300 town with an annual budget of $ 75,000, said, “The commissioner has decided to pursue prosecution against the former chief financial officer.”
In addition, it was found that the necessary annual accounting audits have not been completed since the fiscal year ended June 2016.
State Treasury Secretary Dale Folwell, who also heads the local government committee, said the General Assembly should pass a law abolishing the town’s charter.
“There is no taxpayer money transparency, governance or auditing in the town of East Laurinburg,” says Folwell.
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