Internal audit launched into former Greene Co. sheriff's financial records

Internal audit launched into former Greene Co. sheriff's financial records

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Quorum Court authorized an internal audit investigation Monday into audit discrepancies found in documents from Sheriff Dan Langston's final month in office.

According to a document with the Arkansas Legislative Audit, financial discrepancies were found in the final month of 2014 in the sheriff's department.

December 2014 was Sheriff Dan Langston's final month in office before being replaced by current Sheriff David Carter.

"This court would have an opportunity to audit this finding at the sheriff's department in order to have a little more clarity on the issue," Greene County Judge Rusty McMillion told the quorum court.

The legislative audit states that noncompliance with state law and accepted accounting practices were noted in the sheriff and county clerk's office.

Issues with the county clerk's office have since been fixed.

Auditors stated that the sheriff's staff didn't deposit Circuit Bond and Fine monies from December 16 to December 31 of 2014.

"The newly elected Sheriff's staff included these monies in the first deposit of 2015 (for the period January 1 - 14, 2015). Receipts exceeded the deposited amount by $5,655," the report states.

County Treasurer Debbie Cross detailed other discrepancies found in the audit.

"Auditors couldn't find cash receipts or disbursements journals for the District Court Bond and Fine Account, the Sheriff's Fees Account and the Sheriff's Communication Facility and Equipment Fund from the prior administration," Cross said.

Cross told the quorum court that she feels that with the help of the current sheriff's office, they'll be able to reconstruct those records.

"What the judge and I discussed is basically doing a detailed investigation into that 30 day period to try to determine what can be found," Cross said.

According to Judge McMillion, the findings were also reported to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington's office.

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