ADA — Elected officials in Hardin County’s Liberty Township earlier this year reimbursed the township a total of $1,094 after a state audit revealed two years of questionable credit card charges.
State Auditor Dave Yost, in the document released to the public on Tuesday, chastised the township officials for failing to review all credit card statements prior to payment and issued non-compliance citation and a finding for recovery that required the public officials to reimburse the township.
According to Yost, the audit — which covered the time period from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015 — brought to light dozens of unexplained charges “that officials could not support with documentation.”
Credit card statements showed the township was hit with two charges of $14.95 each month during 2014 and in all but one month in 2015 from “SB*PLANPLUS” and SB*SAVINGS 2 GO.” Another charge of $16.95 appeared every month from “EASY SAVER.”
According to the auditor, an internet search returned numerous consumer complaints of unauthorized credit card charges from those companies.
“It shouldn’t take an audit for officials to notice these shady charges,” Yost said. “This is a perfect example of why township officials need to scrutinize every charge on their credit card statements before signing off on a payment.”
Auditors issued a $1,092 finding for recovery against township trustees Jeffrey Acheson, Gary Hall and Bradley Hays, and fiscal officer Angela Hall because they approved the monthly credit card payments. They each submitted payments of $273.50 in September of this year.
In an unrelated finding, auditors issued $647 in findings for recovery against the same four officials and two other employees because they were overpaid for their health insurance reimbursements. They have repaid the full amount.
A full copy of the audit report is available online at http://bit.ly/2DUlTd7.