Sac Metro Fire Audit Finds Financial Abuse

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The audit looks at the fire district’s spending between 2001 and 2006. Lead auditor Ingrid Sheipline with the CPA firm of Richards and Company says the district has polices to prevent abuse, they just weren’t being enforced. 

"There were very loose practices, very lax." 

Sheipline uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in possible duplicate payments to vendors and the use of district credit cards to buy unauthorized items such as computers and cameras.

Chief Mette says he ordered the audit when he noticed irregularities in the district’s records. 

"These alleged abuses of tax payer dollars violate the public trust and following a thorough internal investigation we will refer all suspicious findings to law enforcement officials for potential criminal investigation."

Mette says he’s already implemented strict new checks and balances to guard against financial irregularities from happening in the future.