Audit: District gave improper benefits to mechanic

PA Auditor General released audit results Tuesday

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Scranton school district leaders are promising to look into a scathing report released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Auditor General.

The audit blasts administrators for overspending, extreme dysfunction and finger-pointing.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has been the commonwealth's financial watchdog for several years.

He says one of the findings from the Scranton School District audit even took him by surprise.

"I'm going to tell you this and you're going to think I'm making this up," PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.

For 12 years, Eugene DePasquale claims the district went around normal procedures by paying a mechanic who is not an employee of the district.

Over six of those years, the mechanic was reportedly paid more than $670,000 in total.

"I can't make this stuff up!" DePasquale quipped.

DePasquale says the mechanic submitted vague invoices directly to the district's chief financial officer instead of the maintenance office which could have made sure the work was completed.

DePasquale released two examples in his audit.

The first was from May 2016 for more than $3,200 to replace several tires.

The second invoice, just four days later, was for more than $1,900 to replace a radiator and anti-freeze.

Neither bill included a breakdown of cost for supplies, parts or service.

"We don't even know confirmation of whether the services were performed!" DePasquale said.

In addition to paying him, the PA Auditor General found the district also gave the mechanic and his spouse medical and dental insurance for more than 11 years.

The coverage was cancelled only after auditors started asking questions.

The superintendent of the Scranton School District says an investigation into the mechanic situation is now underway.

"They're working on that now. That has been uncovered through the audit and we're looking at how that could have ever happened," Scranton superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan said.

Calling the situation "unbelievable," the PA Auditor General also says the district failed to issue the IRS and PA Department of Revenue tax documents to the mechanic so he's referring the audit to both federal and state officials for review.

 


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