March 18, 2013

Audit faults Bangor on fee retention

BANGOR — A state audit says the Town of Bangor illegally allowed its code-enforcement officer and dog-control officer to keep revenue generated by their jobs.

The State Comptroller’s Office audit reviewed town records from Jan. 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, and said the Town Council lacked proper oversight of its cash flow and allowed bank accounts to be opened, which is against town law.

The state also criticized Bangor for having an inadequate review of claims with no supporting documents and for not auditing supervisor, town-clerk, dog-control or code-enforcement records.

“As a result of these weaknesses, the board does not have reasonable assurance that town resources are being safeguarded, properly accounted for and used only for proper town purposes,” the audit states.

Attempts to reach Town Supervisor Gary Monica were not successful.


The town owns a dog kennel managed by Dog Control Officer Roy

Richards, who keeps dog-seizure and financial records for the town and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, where he collects pet-redemption, adoption, veterinary and kennel fees.

The kennel and fees generate about $15,000 in revenue a year.

In January 2012, the Town Council allowed Richards to open a separate checking account and to let him keep half the money collected from the tribe, “which is not compensation authorized by town law,” the audit states.

Any cash collected is supposed to be given to the supervisor by the 15th of the following month, but Richards didn’t do this, the audit states.

And he did not issue numbered, duplicate receipts for the cash he received.

Of the 26 cash payments for $1,906 that were recorded, “we could not trace 13 collections, totaling $860 to a related deposit,” the audit states.


Auditors also looked at 27 cash transactions totaling $1,502 and found that five, totaling $349, did not have receipts, so they could not tell if they were actual town expenses.

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