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KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Archuleta County's Forensic Audit Is Revealed
(2008-02-01)
(ksut) - 02.01.08.archuletaaudit

HOST LEAD: A long awaited result of archuleta county's forensic audit has finally been released.
While the document answers some questions it leaves the county in a state of uncertainty.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: The findings of Archuleta County's forensic audit, done by Clifton Gunderson LLP, have found poor documentation of financial records from the county.
Included in the documents were an estimated $20 million that were used in wire transfers from June of 2005 to April of 2007.
Clifton Gunderson also found several duplicate payments to a variety of company's. From two payments made to dellenbach motors for a chevy trailblazer to four payments made to Tammy Holcomb for what appears to be two months of cleaning services.
Bob moomaw, chair of board of county commissioners, says that archuleta county's finance director Don Warn has looked into the issue of multiple payments.
BOB MOOMAW: WE NOW THAT SOME OF THEM WERE BASICALLY THEY ISSUED A CHECK AND THEN VOIDED THAT ONE AND REISSUED ANOTHER ONE AND SO IT SHOWED UP AS A DOUBLE ALTHOUGH ONE OF THE CHECKS HAVE BEEN VOID. SO WE KNOW SOME OF THEM ARE THAT. BUT HE'S IN THE PROCESS OF CHECKING THAT OUT NOW.
The report also shows roughly 250 of the 660 wire transactions made by the county did not have sufficient descriptions on bank statements.
But moomaw says majority of those transactions went to the school district.
Moomaw believes that the report did not dig deep enough and claims now it leaves the county seeking help elsewhere.
MOOMAW: IT BRINGS UP WIRE TRANSFERS THAT THEY COULDN'T FOLLOW. AND SO OBVIOUSLY THEY DIDN'T ACTUALLY GO AND LOOK AT THEM. SO NOW WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WERE LOOKING TO HIRE A AUDITING FIRM TO GO IN AND ADDRESS THOSE AND ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.
Clifton Gunderson additionally found inappropriate content on county computers while conducting an analysis of the county's server.
Moomaw says that it's not just the report where his discontentment comes from.
MOOMAW: I MEAN THIS THING SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LAST SEPTEMBER AND THEN WE WERE PROMISED A PRESENTATION THE 30TH OF OCTOBER AND EVEN SCHEUDLED A TOWN MEETING AND WE DIDN'T GET IT. AND NOW WE'RE TO THE FIRST OF FEBRUARY AND WE HAVE AN INCOMPLETE DOCUMENT. THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WAS FOR $262,000 WAS THE TOTAL CONTRACT. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE PAID THEM $102,000
The report states that Clifton Gunderson will need more time and money to complete the report and to reveal more answers. But Moomaw says he has no intention of continuing their relationship or paying the remaining balance, however that is a decision the board must come to.
Moomaw also states that at this point they're not seeking legal action against Clifton Gunderson.
Although he says upon completion of the additional investigation, the Clifton Gunderson report and any added information will be forwarded to the district attorney.
Archuleta district attorney Craig Westberg could not be reached for comment.
The issue of fraudulent activity has been in question within the county for some time. Although it appears archuleta county has had a case of below par financial management, the report does not rule out any criminal activity at this point.
Moomaw states that he does not believe there could've been any fraud involved in the counties finances.
MOOMAW: TO BE QUITE HONEST. I DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS FRAUD IN THE FIRST PLACE. I THOUGHT THERE WAS SUCH GROSS INCOMPETENCE THAT CAUSED IT THAT THEY WEREN'T SMART ENOUGH TO STEAL ANYTHING.
The next board of county commissioners meeting will be held on February 5th.

From KSUT, four corners public radio, i'm Sarah Baumgartner.

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