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March 18, 2013

Audit faults Bangor on fee retention

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Since the audit, the town has closed the separate bank account, and Monica collects fees daily.

The town gave Richards a raise so he will no longer take the cash from the tribe, and the Town Council will be provided a monthly financial and activity report, the audit said.

Richards has since returned $1,300 to the town collected from cases on the reservation.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Robert Jock, the town code-enforcement officer, was allowed to keep building-permit fees and maintain a separate checking account.

Auditors reviewed all 17 building permits issued in Bangor in 2012, totaling $637, and found all of them accounted for in the records he kept.

But Jock did not deposit all receipts and paid himself $248 in cash from the money he took in and wrote himself an additional check for $90.

“The board’s failure to oversee departmental operations increases the risk that moneys could be misappropriated and any loss or theft may not be detected and corrected,” the audit states.

Since the audit, the town has closed the separate account, and all receipts were to be turned over to Monica daily. Jock will no longer keep building-permit fees.

He has since closed the checking account and been given a $1,000 raise to compensate for the loss in permit-fee collections.

CLAIM PROCESSING

Town law requires the board to audit and approve all claims before the supervisor pays them.

Auditors reviewed 760 claims, totaling $757,109, to see if they were filed properly and found 57 of them, amounting to $30,989, were paid before the Town Council approved them.

There were 18 claims for $7,054 that the supervisor didn’t show the councilors before they were paid, and 172 totaling $192,541 did not have adequate paperwork to go with them, but the council approved them anyway.

“Another 20 claims totaling $6,099 were paid incorrectly or for questionable purposes,” the audit states, “and 13 payments totaling $4,795 were paid to six individuals as independent contractors when these individuals were actually employees.”

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