Lamar fires the county auditors that alerted us about embezzlement
Posted in the Blairsville Forum
#1 Feb 27, 2013
In other business, Com-
missioner Paris approved
a three-year contract with
Mauldin & Jenkins, Certi-
fied Public Accountants,
LLC to conduct the annual
audit for Union County.
The actual written contract is
pending review, he said.
There were three
bids, Walker and Assoc.
$34,910, RL Jennings & As-
soc.,$38,000 and Mauldin &
Jenkins at $37,000. Although
Mauldin & Jenkins were the
second lowest bidder, we felt
that their size, experience and
references were superior," he
I want to publicly thank
R. L. Jennings for accurately
and successfully completing
our audit for the past several
years, he said.We were not
dissatisfied with their work
product, but they were simply
unable to produce the product
in a timely manner.
"Our audit has been
late for the past two years and
we would receive a penalty
should that happen this year.,"
he said. "They simply seemed
to have more work than they
could complete, but we very
much appreciate their past
work with and for the coun-
(Union County 2009 Financial Report, RL Jennings & Co), released 11-04-2010
Lack of Segregation of Duties in Various Departments (Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Clerk of Court, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, and Meeks Park). Policies should be in place requiring the segregation of duties involving cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll, general ledger and bank reconciliation. During the course of the audit, we noted many critical duties are combined and given to the available employees. Without some segregation of duties with these functions, there is increased exposure that someone could intentionally or unintentionally misappropriate assets of the County.
The office of Tax Commissioner has material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting. During our audit procedures, we (1) noted that all checks written by the Office of Tax Commissioner, regardless of dollar amount, only one signature is required, and therefore, has vested complete disbursements authority in one person for property tax collections and one person for motor vehicle collections,(2) found that duties involving cash receipts were combined and not properly segregated during the year,(3) found that the final step of reconciling the daily cash drawer collections report to the actual deposit slip is not performed on a regular basis,(4) noted that the Office of Tax Commissioner is not making daily deposits of cash (currency) to the bank, and (5) found that administrative control over the software program and passwords has been vested in one person, and opens the threat of a loss or theft of cash.
The Office of Tax Commissioner faces a variety of fraud or misconduct risks that are increased as a result of not having proper internal controls over receipts and disbursements. These control deficiencies opens the threat of a loss or theft of cash assets.
#2 Feb 27, 2013
Are you suggesting that the new auditors would not make the same revelation if they came across it?
RL Jennings submitted the highest bid but had a history of late completion, should they have been awarded a new contract?
#3 Feb 27, 2013
Good now that they don't work for the county maybe we can find out what is really going on with the county finances. Where's ACCG???
#4 Feb 27, 2013
Mr Paris was the one that was late last year, 2012. He put off giving the information to the Auditor until late in the year. Otherwise RL Jennings was always on time considering all the mis-information Paris provided him.
#5 Feb 27, 2013
Now, now. Do you think the King would misinform on purpose? LMAO
#6 Feb 28, 2013
Paris has been proven time and again to be corrupt and yet sheep follow him. Some for personal gain and some out of ignorance. I find it odd that a parent will sell their children's future by supporting someone like him. You know a sow will eat her young if she gets hungry.
#7 Mar 3, 2013
Is it just me or do the pictures of Lamar in the Newspaper look a bit ragged lately. Looks worried. And they sure are launching full scale war on this ESPLOST thing. Even Charles is blatantly sucking up to the Tax. I think they are worried because if it doesn't pass - MISSING MONEY might have to be accounted for. All these taxes that keep getting "Extended" as Charles puts it - are I think basically robbing Peter to pay Paul. You watch and see - if this vote fails, or the next SPLOST, then I would bet money 100 to 1 odds that the budgetary house of cards will fall. More Missing Money.
“Whine-It's all Bush's Fault”
Since: Feb 13
#8 Mar 3, 2013
Yep- "It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep." ~Will Rogers~
#9 Jul 25, 2013
Did the recently released county audit find a problem with a "lack of segregation of duties in various departments" or has there been more segregation of duties this past year?
#10 Jul 26, 2013
The last auditors said the same thing every year about potential embezzlement, and sure enough it happened. That got them fired.
I bet the new auditors took note of that.
#11 Jul 26, 2013
Where the H____ is your DA...
#12 Jul 26, 2013
In cohorts with the commissioner
#13 Jul 27, 2013
Lamar has the misguided conception that no one can read the county audit and know what is going on. Is he in for a surprise.
#14 Jul 27, 2013
You people who get on topix and run your mouth are spineless, ball-less cowards. Nothing else. Not a hair on your Ass. Why don't you go talk to some of these people that you are running your mouth about- face to face. I'll tell you why -You are nothing but a bunch of spineless pussies, you don't have the balls to talk to them face to face!! Grow some you cowards!!!!
#16 Jul 27, 2013
It's the same jerk that has always been there kissing Lamars a$$
#17 Jul 27, 2013
Cry baby cry!
#18 Jul 28, 2013
Come on people. Calm down. Why all the bitterness? Geez
#19 Jul 28, 2013
He won`t meet anywhere and you won`t either .
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