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State audit finds banking inconsistencies in East Rockaway court

A state audit found some banking issues at

A state audit found some banking issues at East Rockaway municipal court, located at Village Hall, seen on Jan. 8, 2015. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

State auditors found that the East Rockaway municipal court did not always keep proper financial records.

Auditors from state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office looked into the village Justice Court’s financial activities and its three bank accounts. While some problems were found, comptroller’s spokesman Brian Butry said that no criminality has been alleged.

The state reviewed 24 of the court’s disbursements to the village, according to the audit report, which was released last month. While the auditors noted that the disbursements were generally timely and accurate, the court’s monthly bank reconciliations were incorrect.

Each month between January and June 2016, the deputy treasurer used the wrong cash book balance, the report stated. The bank account’s accrued interest was also not properly transferred to the village, and auditors additionally found $1,963 in unidentified funds.

“Because monthly bank reconciliations are incorrect and not reviewed for accuracy and monthly accountability analyses are not prepared, errors and irregularities have occurred and remained undetected for several months or years,” the report stated.

The court also failed to properly record or deposit its receipts in 13 instances worth $1,400, according to the report. The court’s bail account did not have any deposits during the audit time frame, yet there were no records to explain its balance of $1,590.

While village officials did not provide a response to the comptroller’s office to be included in the audit report, Village Clerk-Treasurer Patricia Renner sent a statement to Newsday on Jan. 24.

“Of almost 400 actions dealing with parking tickets and moving violations in the Village, the Comptroller saw room for improvement on only 13 due to minor paperwork errors,” Renner wrote. “Village personnel have taken steps to address all items from the audit’s findings.”

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