August 29, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District lacks the proper financial controls to monitor student activity funds, petty cash, high-end equipment and other tasks, according to a report released yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. The report, which examines the district's internal controls for the year that ended June 30, 2013, highlights 10 areas and concludes that while some improvements have been made, much tighter oversight is needed to guard against theft and misuse. "We believe that, if implemented by management, these recommendations will improve the School District of Philadelphia's . . . internal control over financial reporting," Butkovitz said in a letter to School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green.
April 9, 2009 |
She embezzled more than $234,000 over six years, prosecutors said, and spent most of the money at Acme Markets, Wawa, and occasionally restaurants. "Nothing exotic," said G. Michael Green, the Delaware County district attorney. Marianne J. Rossman, 55, of Clifton Heights, yesterday was charged with 24 counts of felony theft, arraigned, and released after posting bail. Authorities allege she embezzled from a doctors' practice in Ridley Park, the Cardiovascular Group, where she had worked as a bookkeeper since 1991.
September 8, 2006 |
Buy a box of plain white envelopes - and get a free seven-piece barbecue set? That, in effect, is what happened in the city Commerce Department, according to an audit released yesterday by the City Controller's Office. Digging into its petty cash fund, department employees have purchased binders, cellophane tape, and other office supplies from vendors that do not have negotiated city contracts. That inflates the bill to buy those supplies, such as a container of envelopes that cost $29.90 from an unauthorized vendor vs. $13.26 from the city-established supplier.
July 25, 1998 |
Fired Norristown Police Chief Thomas Stone is a victim of borough hindsight, his attorney argues. After five years without an audit, he says, the borough dismissed Stone for depositing drug-evidence money into a petty-cash fund. The mayor and the borough administrator and solicitor argue that Stone deliberately disobeyed their recent orders and went against standard procedures for cash evidence as set by the state Drug Forfeiture Act. Those arguments were aired in a three-hour session Thursday night, the third before the Norristown Civil Service Commission, which is hearing Stone's appeal of his May 18 dismissal.
May 12, 1998 |
The chief of police sat at home yesterday as borough administrators began an investigation into why $1,300 cash confiscated as evidence in a drug case ended up in the department's special fund. Mayor Ted LeBlanc, who suspended Chief Thomas Stone with pay Friday, said he did not expect the investigation to be completed for one or two weeks. It was prompted after Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino looked into the matter last week, later calling it a violation of protocol, not a criminal act. "We don't want to go off half-cocked.
July 31, 1996 |
A longtime employee of a Warwick clothing-catalogue company has confessed to stealing $220,000 from the firm over five years, state police said yesterday. Winifred Mannion, 63, of Elverson, told police last month that she had "taken the money so that her children could have a better life," according to a police affidavit. She was arraigned last week before District Justice James V. DeAngelo on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Mannion was released on bail and faces a preliminary hearing on Friday.
October 5, 1995 |
Carmine DeSopo, superintendent of Burlington County Special Services School District and GOP candidate for the Seventh Assembly District, yesterday answered Democratic charges that he has mismanaged the district's money by daring anyone to punch a hole in his bottom line. DeSopo said that he has saved taxpayers $100 million during his 23 years with the district, and that if anyone can prove otherwise, "I'll eat my hat. " He saved, he said, by renovating instead of building; streamlining his administration; using staffers and students themselves to improve and maintain the facilities; and providing a quality education for the county's mentally and physically handicapped students at a cost far below that of private schools.
September 28, 1995 |
The former assistant executive director of the city's AIDS Task Force testified yesterday that numerous petty-cash receipts and checks that Francis J. Stoffa made payable to himself were for items never used or needed by the agency. Roger D. Armstrong, who was Stoffa's assistant director, testified that none of Stoffa's purchases of magazines and books, with titles including What Color Is Your Parachute? and The Commanders, were at the agency at 1642 Pine St. Armstrong said that although his own name appears on an agency receipt as purchasing a $22.49 book, The Commanders by Bob Woodward, he said he never heard of the book and did not buy it. Stoffa, who was executive director of the city's oldest AIDS service agency for eight years before resigning in April 1994, is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the agency and using it for personal benefit.
June 3, 1995 |
Admitted embezzler Susan W. Minnett came to Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly yesterday, her duffel bag packed for her imminent trip to prison, and told officials she was ready to pay back $1,000 of the money she had taken. That leaves her with $249,000 to go. Judge Donald Gaydos sentenced Minnett, 48, of Berlin Township, to three years in prison, and ordered her to pay back at least $250,000 of the $425,000 that prosecutors say she stole from her employer, Food Sciences Corp.
April 1, 1995 |
Bucks County authorities have charged two male students at a Fairless Hills Catholic high school with vandalizing the school March 18, causing more than $10,000 in damage, and stealing $4,200 in audiovisual equipment and cash during the spree. Identified only as a 17-year-old senior from Levittown and a 16-year-old junior from Langhorne, the boys were charged in petitions filed Thursday in Bucks County Juvenile Court. Authorities said both face charges of burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft, institutional vandalism and conspiracy.