Aud. Gen: Schuylkill County accounting practices "poor"

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 19, 2015 10:54 AM

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(Pottsville) -- The state Auditor General is criticizing Schuylkill County's Clerk of Courts and Adult Probation Department for internal controls so poor his office couldn't conduct an internal audit.

Eugene DePasquale says the lack of restrictions creates an environment where fraud and misappropriation could be easily carried out.

The report examines four years starting in 2009, and finds collections were often deposited days after checks were received, no manual log of receipts was maintained, and one employee, who reconciled the bank account, was also responsible for writing and signing checks.

The former Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts, Steve Lukach, is under investigation by state and federal prosecutors over misapproriating funds while on the job.

Schuylkill County commissioners say they're making the changes recommended by the the report.

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