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Auditor Asks San Diego Police To Investigate Possible Misuse Of City Funds

A former San Diego city employee spent $243,000 of public money for equipment that apparently was never delivered, according to an audit made public Tuesday and forwarded to the San Diego Police Department.

Auditors found that the unnamed worker at the Public Utility Department's Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Warehouse used city funds between March 2008 and November 2012 to buy more than $182,000 in vehicle batteries.

The batteries were never requested or received by staff at the four treatment and reclamation plants or eight pump stations supported by the facility, the report says.

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Hotline Investigation Report of Public Utilities Warehouse Supply Purchases

Hotline Investigation Report of Public Utilities Warehouse Supply Purchases

An audit from the San Diego City Auditor ...

The department doesn't even use the kind of battery ordered, according to officials. The mayor's office said the employee resigned last August.

Auditors also discovered that more than $17,000 in unwanted hydraulic hoses, valves and other automotive parts were bought with city funds, and invoices were found for another $44,000 or so worth of items that were requested but apparently never delivered, according to the report.

The city investigation began with a tip to a fraud hotline.

The audit also found weaknesses in an inventory management system, a lack of separation in duties between ordering, receiving and paying for supplies, and routine approvals to exceed spending limits.

The Public Utilities Department said it convened a fact-finding panel more than one year ago to gather documentation for possible employee disciplinary measures. The department also agreed to overhaul inventory management procedures.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | March 19, 2014 at 8:19 a.m. ― 6 months ago

overpriced batteries, and huge commissions for someones connected buddy.

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Missionaccomplished | March 19, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. ― 6 months ago

No wonder Lansdown "retired."

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | March 19, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. ― 6 months ago

"The city investigation began with a tip to a fraud hotline."

This means SDPD's internal auditing processes could not locate a $243K variance. I wonder if anyone has ever taken a gander at grants from the Dept of Homeland Security.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | March 19, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. ― 6 months ago

I wonder if anyone has taken a gander at any government contract ever awarded. Every single one is landed because of a bribe, a nice dinner, a golf outing, a trip to disney world, etc. and government contractors charge 3-5x because "the government can afford it hurr hurr"

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