Fall River Herald News: $11K stolen from tourist bureau
October 31, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Fall River Herald News
A state audit has determined a lack of fiscal control, including the theft of funds by a contracted employee, at the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The audit, conducted by the office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump, allegedly revealed the agency failed to comply with its grant agreements with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism resulting in the bureau inappropriately keeping $50,503. Additional auditing found that deficiencies in the bureau’s internal controls resulted in a theft of $11,500 by a contracted employee, and that the bureau’s board of directors permitted a board member to serve as the real estate agent for the sale of bureau property in New Bedford, which was an apparent “conflict-of-interest.”
Board President Dick Shafer said the board has reviewed the audit and took no issue with the findings.
Audit Documents Theft of $11,508 at the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau
October 30, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump today issued an audit of Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau, which found that inadequate safeguards lead to the theft of over $11,000 by a contracted accountant.
Today’s audit was initiated as a result of a Chapter 647 report filed with Office State Auditor (OSA) by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT). Chapter 647 of the Acts of 1989 requires all state agencies to report the loss or theft of state property with the OSA.
The audit makes public that a consultant hired by the SMCVB to perform bookkeeping services stole $11,508 in Bureau funds over a fourth month period in 2011.
Audit Calls for Actual Recovery of Misspent Funds
October 30, 2012
In an audit announced today, State Auditor Suzanne Bump challenged a state practice that allows some human services vendors who have received state payment for “unallowable expenses” to avoid repaying the state.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) regularly performs audits of businesses and nonprofits that are contracted by the state to provide goods and services. When such audits identify instances of unallowable expenses, the reports are provided to the human service provider’s state contracting agency for resolution which could include the recovery of any misspent funds.
The Operational Services Division (OSD), which works with state agencies to regulate and oversee state contracts, allows service providers that have sufficient non-state revenue to adjust and refile their financial statements to show that non-state funds covered the non-reimbursable expenses. This action resulted in over $2.6 million in non-reimbursable expenses being resolved through accounting adjustments during the audit period rather than actual recovery, delivery of in-kind services, or rate adjustment.
Springfield Republican: Massachusetts state audit identifies inadequate oversight
October 17, 2012 - The following content was originally published by the Springfield Republican
A report issued by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump's office Wednesday concluded that the MassHealth state-wide health care system has inadequate oversight of its own guidelines for determining who is eligible for taxpayer-subsidized health care. The result may be unnecessary costs to the taxpayer, to the tune of millions of dollars.
Bump said that while her office routinely audits different aspects of the MassHealth program and Medicaid expenses, this specific endeavor was aimed at determining the extent to which the program follows its own policies.
The conclusion was that MassHealth is not doing enough to verify the eligibility of those who apply for subsidized health care and not following up thoroughly on investigations sparked by conflicting information about residency and income submitted by potential program members.
"We recognize that MassHealth has a very difficult job to maintain health access for people whose job and residency may lack stability," Bump said. "But at the same time, they have a responsibility to the tax payers to find the balance between access and the program's integrity."
Audit Identifies Improvements Needed in MassHealth’s Eligibility Process
October 17, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump today issued an audit of MassHealth, which found the process for verifying self-reported income and residency information needs improvements and may be costing the Commonwealth millions of dollars annually in Medicaid expenses.
MassHealth, with expenditures of over $12 billion, provides access to healthcare services for approximately 1.3 million eligible low- and moderate-income individuals annually. MassHealth is the state’s largest program, accounting for almost a third of the state budget. Today’s audit report examined how MassHealth determines an individual’s eligibility for the program.
“The values of the people of Massachusetts have been reflected in the universal health insurance law which has resulted in our state leading the nation in the percentage of people with health insurance,” said Auditor Bump. “Our commitment, coupled with the economic downturn, has led more people than ever before to turn to MassHealth for public assistance with their health care. It is my duty as State Auditor to ensure that MassHealth has the strongest possible safeguards in place to protect both the taxpayers and people in need. This audit today indicates that more needs to be done.
Springfield Technical Community College Audit Uncovers Former Vice President’s Wrongdoings
October 10, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump today announced an audit of the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) which found a former Vice President stole school property, did not follow travel reimbursement policies, hired a family member and other consultants outside normal procedures, and used a STCC credit card without authorization.
Today’s audit was initiated as a result of a Chapter 647 report filed with Office State Auditor (OSA) by STCC. Chapter 647 of the Acts of 1989 requires all state agencies to report the loss or theft of state property with the OSA.
The audit makes public that a former Vice President of Business and Economic Development took a large flat-screen television worth over $1,000, a DVD player, and several cases of bottled water from the school for his own personal benefit. STCC security cameras recorded the Vice President physically removing the property. In 2009, after being presented with evidence of his theft, the Vice President immediately resigned and agreed to return all STCC equipment in his possession.
Worcester Superior Court Resolves Prior Issues
October 2, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump today announced an audit of the Worcester Superior Court (WSC) that shows the court acted positively to address the findings of a past audit.
“I’m pleased that the Worcester Superior Court implemented recommendations made in our prior audit,” said Auditor Bump. “My office is committed to working with the state courts to help them make improvements.”
Audit Finds Improvements at Greenfield Housing Authority
October 2, 2012
State Auditor Suzanne Bump today announced an audit of the Greenfield Housing Authority (GHA) that found the agency has resolved sanitation and maintenance issues highlighted in a prior audit, but still must make improvements to its preventative maintenance plan.
The audit found that GHA has adequately addressed deficiencies uncovered in a 2005 audit, correcting all instances of non-compliance with state sanitary codes, securing additional funds for maintenance projects, resolving funding discrepancies between it and the state, and identifying buildable lots to expand its housing capacity.
Press Release: Audit Finds Improvements at Greenfield Housing Authority
Audit: Greenfield Housing Authority
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