Mecklenburg officials prepared this update for the 2:30 p.m. Audit Review Committe meeting:
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The suggestions were released in response to reports of misspending at the Department of Social Services. Officials cannot fully account for tens of thousands of dollars meant to help children and poor families.
Details emerged in June of missing and altered receipts from donations meant to buy Christmas gifts for needy kids. In one case, a $10,000 check was made out to a DSS employee. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating.
The Audit Review committee is overseeing an internal county probe into the matter.
Among the recommendations:
* Additional audits of Target vouchers, to identify any fraud or theft, and to learn why there was an increase in vouchers for the store.
* Studying whether to make county-wide changes to its financial structure.
* Considering the need for adding three members to the county's internal audit staff.
Also on today's agenda: The makeup of the Audit Review Committee itself.
Two of the five committee members are county administrators – County Manager Harry Jones and General Manager John McGillicuddy.
County commissioners Bill James and Harold Cogdell have said the arrangement undermines public confidence in the panel's work.
- Doug Miller