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Schweich Releases Bolivar City Court Audit

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Schweich Releases Bolivar City Court Audit

By Mike Morgan. CREATED Apr 18, 2013

From A Press Release

State Auditor Tom Schweich released the audit of the Bolivar Municipal Court today. In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Fair.

As of Feb. 28, 2012, the city financial statements reported a bond liability of $15,113 more than municipal division records. At the request of Schweich's staff, the city clerk reconciled the bank accounts and financial records with municipal division records, and, as of Dec. 31, 2012, municipal division records showed $275 more in open bonds than city financial records. According to city financial statements, as of Dec. 31, 2012, the city owed $3,942 in restitution that had been received but not disbursed to victims, but municipal division records indicated all restitution had been disbursed.

Procedures over the collection of bond monies need improvement. Duties are not adequately segregated, bond amounts are not always collected in accordance with the bond schedule approved by the judge, bonds are not always entered on the bond log, bond forms are not pre-numbered, and officers collecting bond monies are not bonded. Neither the police department nor the municipal division adequately accounts for the numerical sequence and ultimate disposition of traffic tickets issued.

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