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May 17, 2012

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Another Corrupt Elected Official m, Muskogee, OK November Big theft calls for accountability Muskogee County Court Clerk Paula Sexton and Treasurer Glen Scott should resign because of the lack of controls that led to $595,253.32 being embezzled by a county worker. State auditors reported recently that former county Court Clerk Deputy Jackie L. Borovetz funneled tens of thousands of dollars each month over an 11-month period into her personal account. In July, according to auditors, she wrote checks of more than $90,000 that turned up in her account. She now faces 11 counts of embezzlement. Citizens have a right to demand accountability, and Sexton was Borovetz’s immediate supervisor and Scott oversees county expenditures. Investigators have said Borovetz concocted an elaborate scheme in embezzling the money. However, what’s also clear is that no one was double-checking Borovetz’s work. During the time that Borovetz allegedly embezzled the money, the Court Clerk’s Office deposited receipts totaling $5,785,037.34, which means a little more than 10 percent of the money collected from November through September was being siphoned from the office. If it was 1 or 2 percent, we might say that would have been hard to detect. But 10 percent? From what we understand, Borovetz could still be funneling money into her account if it had been left to Sexton or Scott. Discovery of the scheme came from someone in a different county office, questioning an expense charged to that office’s account. In any private business, more than one person signs checks and more than one person tracks money that comes in, how it is accounted for and spent. It should be no different in government — but sadly, Oklahoma provides no removal of incompetent officials or officials who fail to supervise their employees properly. That’s not right. The money — public money — missing from the Court Clerk’s Office amounted to too much over too long a period to be dismissed as too difficult to catch earlier.  (May 17, 2012 | post #1)