Friday, April 26, 2013

Handling Wads Of Cash

It's so easy to sit here and try to pass judgement on people.
I have the luxury of hindsight on my side.  And the information I process is filtered through a biased news outlet.  Still, if the sheriff's office is responsible for utilizing millions in forfeiture funds, wouldn't you think that several people would have to sign off on the money before it's doled out?

Auditors question sheriff's office expense handling


By Mikaela Rodriguez
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:39 PM CDT
The Webb County Sheriff’s Office received many questions regarding its operations in an outside audit report, namely concerns of failing to request approval of expenses from the Commissioners Court and failing to properly document the use of “buy” money.

“Buy” money is used to pay informants and to buy illegal goods that aim to eventually lead to arrests.

The audit of the county’s 2012 fiscal year budget, presented to county commissioners Monday, states that the Department of Justice prohibits the use of forfeiture funds unless authorized by the “agency head” and is approved by “the governing body.”

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