8/2/16 – 10:56 A.M.
An audit of a Putnam County village’s finances has turned up some issues. A Release from State Auditor David Yost’s office says Cloverdale’s books had more than $13,600 in unsupported expenses; and another $5,500 in late payment and overdraft fees.
According to the audit, the village didn’t keep adequate supporting documents for 50 checks written to 15 vendors. The problems were discovered between January of 2013 and December of last year.
A finding for recovery of more than $13,600 was issued against Fiscal Officer Gwenn Spencer and her brother-in-law, Mayor Judd Spencer. They are named in the audit because they signed off on what were determined to be improper payments. Through the course of the audit, the village provided documentation for a $200 expense to the Continental American Legion, reducing the amount owed to around $13,400.
Another finding of recovery for a little more than $5,500 was issued against Gwen Spencer for late payments and overdraft charges.
The audit also found three village council members were paid a combined $192 extra for months they didn’t work in 2013 and 2014. A finding for recovery of $96 was issued against Mary Ann Smith. Similar orders for $48 each were made against Sharon Barnhart and Milton Parsons. According to the release, Gwenn and Judd Spencer are being held jointly liable for the full amounts.
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