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HBPW releases audit, finds $12,000 in personal purchases

HBPW releases audit, finds $12,000 in personal purchases

4 months, 3 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Utility says vast majority of purchases made by employees no longer with HBPW

The Hannibal Board of Public Works has released the results of an audit, which found that over a 5-year period, employees spent over $12,000 on personal items.

The audit, released Friday, and conducted by the St. Louis accounting company Brown Smith Wallace, found over 330 credit card purchases that it called either "extremely questionable" or "questionable", made between 2014 and 2019. Another 250 were considered outside of HBPW policy. Besides the $12,000, Brown Smith Wallace says it also found another $75,000 of credit card spending where no receipts or documentation were available. In all, some $215,000 was spent that violated the Board's policy. In a statement, HBPW says that the vast majority of the purchases were made by employees who are no longer with the utility. They add that $867 in purchases were made accidentally by current employees, and says that in all cases, disciplinary actions were taken. Heath Hall resigned as General Manager last summer when news of the investigation was first revealed. HBPW says it's since changed it's policies on credit card purchases. Brown Smith Wallace says it's recommending that both HBPW and the City of Hannibal undergo a full fraud risk assessment, to identify future opportunities for fraud.  

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