Cash Shortage in Monroe Co. Commissary Referred to DA

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had a cash shortage of $10,600 at the end of the last fiscal year, and because of poor accounting by the sheriff’s office it was not discovered until state auditors conducted a review.

The auditors have referred the matter to the district attorney, according to their report.

The shortage apparently stemmed from lax administration of the commissary.

The Sheriff’s Office says in its response to the audit that it has tightened controls over commissary cash and implemented regular reconciling of bank statements.

State auditors also found questionable payment records for expenses incurred by the county finance director. Among the findings were spotty records for travel expenses and a payment of $1,975 to the director for the purchase of computers, which were never delivered to the county. The audit says the finance director refunded the money.