Village of Waverly Justice Center Under Scrutiny

By Matt Porter

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM EDT

Waverly, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Village of Waverly is under state spotlight again.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office released an audit last week of the village's Justice Center that showed more than $2,000 missing in collections of village fines.

The 17-page report showed that 50 of the 120 audited transactions revealed missing money that may or may not have been stolen.

The report indicated a poor filing system with few checks and balances was the likely cause for the errors. The auditors said they could not tell if the mistakes were accidental or if money was intentionally stolen.

"I think the audit speaks directly to the lack of oversight in this situation," said Brian Butry from the state comptroller's office.

The report singled out judges who were responsible for monitoring the court clerks. It showed no evidence that the judge elected to monitor the clerk records compared to actual activity.

"The lack of internal controls over finance in this case it being cash receipts," said Butry, "And there not being the appropriate checks and balances."

The state has asked the village to make a number of adjustments in how they collect money at the Justice Center.

It's also asked the village board to replace the current Certified Public Accountant in charge of fiscal oversight.

View the full comptroller report here.

The village did not respond to repeated requests throughout the week for comments on last week's audit.

This isn't the first time the village has been identified by auditors for lack of oversight.

In April, a comptroller report revealed Waverly did have the correct checks and balances when collecting on more than $300,000 in village loans.

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