Audit: Former NC City Finance Officer Had Questionable Expenses

Former CFO of a small town in Southeastern North Carolina spent more than $ 11,000 in city funds on her utility bills and other questionable items, according to a released state audit Wednesday.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office said it discovered that former East Laurinburg chief financial officer, who is not named in the investigation report, wrote 13 checks for nearly $ 2,700 in 2017 and 2018 to pay electricity and water bills at home.

There were no documents available to justify more than $ 8,500 in additional expenses involving 28 more checks and the town’s gas card, Wood’s office said.

Most of the checks were co-signed by a city commissioner who was the finance director’s mother, media reports said.

“I can’t tell you if she had receipts or not,” the investigating commissioner said, adding that “(she) was responsible for this, and I just took it for granted that was what it was. was”.

The mayor of East Laurinburg – a Scottish county town of 300 people with an annual budget of $ 75,000 – “said” the commissioners have decided to file a complaint against the former finance official, “” said the audit.

The audit also found that the required annual financial audits had not been carried out since the fiscal year ending June 2016.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell, who also heads the Local Government Commission, said Wednesday later that the General Assembly should pass legislation to eliminate the city’s charter.

“There is no transparency, governance or auditing of taxpayer dollars in the city of East Laurinburg,” Folwell said.

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