HARRSIBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday he requested the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office to review questionable spending at the Jefferson Township Volunteer Ambulance Association Relief Association.
He wants the D.A. to examine more than $30,000 in unauthorized and undocumented expenses.
In a prepared release DePasquale said his latest audit raised red flags regarding the appearance that one family may control and approve spending money of and between the relief association and the local ambulance company.
In reviewing the association’s finances for 2013 to 2016, auditors found no documentation or meeting minutes to explain why 12 payments of nearly $5,000 went to two family members or why nearly $15,000 went to the affiliated ambulance company.
According to the AG’s office, the officers of the relief association and ambulance company are mainly from one family, including: a father/husband, mother/wife, daughter-in-law, and sister of the daughter-in-law.
The audit found that the treasurer of the affiliated ambulance company was handling the day-to-day financial transactions of the relief association even though she was not an officer in the relief association.
Another family member was primarily in charge of operations at the ambulance company and relief association, according to the audit.
“In fairness to everyone, there should be an explanation on how things were handled and how state funding for the relief association was spent. Things very well may have been above board, but we need to clear the air so there is no cloud of doubt,” DePasquale said.
DePasquale said he is also concerned at number of findings at the Jefferson Township Volunteer Ambulance Association Relief Association.
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