December 19, 2010 |
With auditors unable to account for millions of dollars in transactions at the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office over the last decade, City Controller Alan Butkovitz is looking for professional fraud specialists to delve deep into the sheriff's books. Butkovitz issued a request Friday for proposals from "certified fraud examiners" to conduct a forensic audit of the office. In October, he demanded a thorough probe of Sheriff John Green's office after finding in an audit that the office staff had failed to provide documentation for more than $53 million in bank accounts.
April 12, 2000 |
The Borough Council has begun interviewing prospective auditors to conduct an investigation into allegations that borough funds may have been mishandled. At Monday's caucus meeting, representatives of the Philadelphia auditing firm Mitchell & Titus L.L.P. spoke about conducting a forensic audit of the borough's finance department. The audit, they said, could determine whether any improprieties occurred. In January, then-Borough Solicitor Robert J. Sugarman said that more than $686,000 disappeared from a borough bank account last year, and that sewer fees for November and December 1999 were illegally paid with money from a borough investment fund.
November 16, 2010 |
After more than two months of poring over the books at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, federal auditors will expand the scope of their investigation and conduct a deeper probe of the agency's operations, according to sources familiar with the situation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will conduct a so-called forensic audit of the housing authority, sources said. A person with knowledge of the audit said specialized investigators would be brought in to begin a more detailed review of specific aspects of PHA business.
September 30, 1998 |
Attorney General Mike Fisher yesterday petitioned Chester County Orphans Court to order Lincoln University to perform a forensic audit of its spending for the last 11 years, Fisher's spokesman, Sean Connolly, said. "We want an accounting of every penny in and every penny that went out," Connolly said. "We asked the Orphans' Court to direct them to comply. " The accounting could be the most exhaustive look yet into spending at the southern Chester County school, which has been reeling in recent months from allegations of financial improprieties.
December 21, 2010
P HILADELPHIA SHERIFF John Green announced that he was hiring a respected consulting firm to fix his office's broken accounting system. It was Green's response to a series of scathing city audits that said financial controls in his department "were so inadequate that fiscal data 'could not be meaningfully analyzed,' and that millions of dollars in funds were 'susceptible' to theft. " These words, from an Inquirer report, may hold no shock for anyone paying attention to the recent travails of the sheriff's office -including Friday's announcement by Controller Alan Butkovitz that he's looking for fraud specialists to conduct a forensic audit of the office - but they shock us: they first appeared in 2003.
January 8, 2011 |
Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley yesterday announced a major reorganization of the embattled Sheriff's Office, moving to dismiss several top staffers and bringing in a former city controller to serve as her No. 2. Deeley also said that sheriff's sales would be suspended for 50 days. The changes came a week after longtime Sheriff John Green retired and Deeley was nominated to takeover the office, which is facing a forensic audit. Deeley hired Joe Vignola as her chief deputy. Vignola - who did a stint in the Sheriff's Office in 2006 to help improve the ethical climate - said he would focus on helping the office comply with the pending audit ordered by City Controller Alan Butkovitz.
October 28, 2010 |
Seeking to calm a dispute with the City Controller's Office, Philadelphia Sheriff John Green yesterday said he was postponing his imminent retirement to ensure cooperation on a forensic audit of the Sheriff's Office. "Sometimes plans are made to be broken," Green told reporters at a hastily called news conference. "In this case I feel compelled [to stay on] to get this situation completely satisfied so that people have complete confidence in the Sheriff's Office, in its handling of funds.
January 4, 2011 |
THERE'S a new sheriff in town but the allegations of serious financial mismanagement remain the same. Sheriff John Green, a city employee since 1969 and sheriff since 1988, resigned on Friday. Gov. Rendell yesterday nominated Green's chief of staff, Barbara Deeley, to serve as the city's first female sheriff. Deeley is left to deal with a dispute with the City Controller's Office over an attempted audit of bank accounts held by the Sheriff's Office. Green first told Democratic ward leaders in June that he was stepping down before his sixth term ended in January 2012.
October 14, 1993 |
Paul D. Sariego, 34, was sentenced yesterday to spend four weekends in jail and five years on probation for stealing $135,000 from his employer, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, a state-owned agency. His lawyer, Richard L. Scheff, argued unsuccessfully that Sariego was entitled to a lighter sentence because he had returned the stolen money, cooperated in the investigation, and reported misconduct by politicians connected with the port authority. For political reasons, those misdeeds are not being prosecuted, Scheff said.
September 28, 2013 |
A community group has sued the city, the state, the state Department of Education and the Philadelphia School Reform Commission on behalf of special-education students who attended schools that closed in June. The suit, which was filed in Commonwealth Court in February, had sought to prevent the SRC from closing 24 schools in June on grounds that the district had failed to provide new individual learning plans for as many as 2,000 special-education students in those schools as is required by law. Representatives from the group, 7000 Villagers, said Thursday that the court has scheduled arguments in the case for Oct. 8 in Philadelphia.