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SPECIAL REPORT CANNON COUNTY REACH AFTER-SCHOOL

PROGRAM FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1, 2008

THROUGH MARCH 31, 2011

Division of County Audit

CANNON COUNTY REACH AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Transmittal Letter Investigative Highlights Special Report on Cannon County REACH After-School

Program: Findings and Recommendations

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February 27, 2012

STATE OF TENNESSEE

COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY

DEPARTMENT OF AUDIT

DIVISION OF COUNTY AUDIT

SUITE 1500 JAMES K. POLK STATE OFFICE BUILDING

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37243-1402 PHONE (615) 401-7841

To the Cannon County Executive, and Board of County Commissioners Cannon County, Tennessee

Based on prior years' reported audit deficiencies and additional allegations we received related to the misuse of county funds, the state Comptroller's Division of County Audit, in coordination with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), conducted an investigation of the Cannon County REACH After-School Program (REACH) for the period July 1, 2008 through March 31, 2011. As a result of this investigation, we are presenting our findings and recommendations in this special report.

We reviewed the findings and recommendations resulting from this special investigation with the county executive and the district attorney general. The findings, recommendations, and management's responses are presented in this report.

Sincerely,

Jim Arnette, Director Division of County Audit

cc: Honorable William Whitesell, District Attorney General

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State of Tennessee

Investigative Highlights

Comptroller of the Treasury

Division of County Audit

Special Report Cannon County, Tennessee Cannon County REACH After-School Program For the Period July 1, 2008 through March 31, 2011

Origin

Based on prior years' reported audit deficiencies and additional allegations we received related to the misuse of county funds, the state Comptroller's Division of County Audit, in coordination with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), conducted an investigation on the Cannon County REACH After-School Program (REACH) for the period July 1, 2008 through March 31, 2011.

Operations of REACH

REACH is an after-school care program that operates sites in several of the county's schools. The program's primary source of revenue is through various state and federal grants. Additional revenue sources include weekly fees collected at the after-school sites, donations, and fundraisers. Annual fundraisers include events such as "Good Ole Days," a community event held in conjunction with the Cannon County Senior Citizens Center, and the REACH sponsored horseshow.

The program's executive director served as the primary grant writer and administrator of REACH in addition to overseeing the daily operations of the program. Program revenues should be deposited with the county trustee and disbursed through the county's General Fund. The program operated up to six sites during the period examined. The executive director of REACH maintained two separate checking accounts: one for REACH related transactions and the other for the "Good Ole Days" fundraiser.

Scope

Our investigation included an examination of internal controls, payroll records, bank statements, accounting records, and numerous interviews with current and former county employees of REACH.

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Results

Our investigation identified a cash shortage of at least $37,259.22 at March 31, 2011, in the REACH program plus an additional $26,474.05 of questionable and/or unsupported disbursements from July 1, 2008 through March 31, 2011. This cash shortage resulted from the executive director transferring funds to her personal bank account from the REACH checking account, writing checks out of the REACH checking account for "Cash" without supporting documentation, and withholding REACH funds from a deposit and taking the cash. In addition, the executive director requested and received various reimbursements from the Cannon County Executive's Office related to the following: reimbursements based on fabricated invoices, miscellaneous reimbursements for non-REACH related disbursements, requesting payments to vendors for items not related to the REACH program, requesting duplicate reimbursements for items previously paid through the REACH checking account and/or the "Good Ole Days" checking account, reimbursements for inmate meals/gifts without documentation or authority, cash advances from the county without documentation, questionable purchases of gift cards, questionable travel reimbursements, and payroll irregularities. Various deficiencies of the REACH program have been reported in Cannon County audit reports since 2007.

Our investigation resulted in seven findings and recommendations. These findings and recommendations have been communicated to management to provide an opportunity for their response. The county executive provided written responses to the findings and recommendations, which are paraphrased in this report. These findings and recommendations have also been reviewed with the district attorney general.

The following are summaries of the findings from our investigation:

A cash shortage of at least $37,259.22 existed at March 31, 2011. There were questionable disbursements totaling $26,474.05 in the REACH program

for the period July 1, 2008 through March 31, 2011. The Cannon County Executive's Office failed to provide oversight of the REACH

after-school program. Benefits were provided to a REACH employee by the executive director that were

not authorized by the county's personnel policy. Timesheets of a REACH employee were falsified. Receipts of the REACH program were either not reconciled with attendance records

or were missing. Deficiencies were noted related to REACH fundraising events.

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