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State Audit of County Suggests Corrections
Posted on: 09/26/2012
By  Mike Cullums
Note: This report was researched and written by Callie Lyons; posted by Mike Cullums
The Ohio State Auditor released a report on Washington County's Financial Condition this week and while there were no findings for recovery there are some questioned costs and a corrective action plan. 

The annual review of the county's financial statements for 2011 revealed a deficiency in cash management related to the disbursement of Community Development Block Grant funds.  Regulations call for the funds to be paid out within 15 days of receipt, however there were six instances in which sufficient disbursements were not made within the 15 days.  In response to this finding, the county commissioners and the county administrator will monitor the fund more closely to insure compliance. 

In another finding, there were $20,057 in questioned costs paid out by the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In this case the board did not provide sufficient documentation to support the grant-funded work. The state recommended that the board implement procedures to insure proper documentation is completed and steps were taken to correct the situation immediately.

However, the audit report also revealed that two past findings for recovery have not been fully corrected.  In 2007, a finding for recovery of public monies was issued against a Child Support Enforcement Agency supervisor in the amount of $468. So far, no payments have been made.  

And, in 2009, the former county maintenance supervisor, Chuck Moody - who was convicted and imprisoned for a light bulb purchasing scam - was found to have converted or misappropriated $67,593.  To date, the county has recovered $53,170. 
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