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California county squandered a fair employees tax money for illegal travel, sumptuous meals: audit

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California county fair employees, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer squandered on unofficial trips, extravagant meals and alcohol, shows an audit report.

The State Auditor’s Office published a report entitled “Gross mismanagement Led to the abuse of State resources, and Multiple violations of state laws,” the details of how the staff of the district agricultural association, funded by the California Department of Food and agriculture, wasted the public funds.

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The wasteful district agricultural association, was not named in the report in an effort to protect whistleblowers, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“We can’t the specific district agricultural association, because if you do, would, in essence, the disclosure of the identity of some individuals, which we will discuss,” spokeswoman Margarita Fernandez told the outlet.

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There are 54 district agricultural associations in California, organize fairs, and other events, all under the supervision of the state Department of Food and Agriculture. The associations, which used to be supported by the state General Fund, but that ended in 2011, however, the associations have continued to state, equipment, and other resources.

“We have found that the Association, the chief executive officer and maintenance supervisor, grossly in a bad state of the resources and neglected their duties to ensure that employees comply with the laws, monitoring and time and attendance reporting,” California State Auditor Elaine Howle wrote in the report.

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“Examples of the improper actions, we found the staff, the home state property and abuse of state resources, the drinking of alcohol on the grounds that a lack of critical internal controls to prevent unreasonable and excessive travel-related purchases, unnecessary costs for interest and late fees, and a waste of state resources.”include

“Examples of the improper actions, we found the staff, the home state property and abuse of state resources, the drinking of alcohol on the grounds that a lack of critical internal controls to prevent unreasonable and excessive travel-related purchases, unnecessary costs for interest and late fees, and a waste of state resources.”include

Audit Report

The audit found that, between 2016 and 2018, there were over $318,000 in financial discrepancies, including more than $132,000 worth of credit card purchases without receipts, over $30,000 for excessive and unauthorized travel expenses, is over $2,000 in “wasteful tips, the wide-the maximum permissible funding rate been exceeded,” and more than $1200 “inappropriate purchases of alcohol.”

The staff were particularly keen to pay for the use of credit cards, lavish dinners, with a receipt, the club paying $400 for a five-butcher’s cuts, $125 for a lobster surf dinner, $ 95 for the lobster tail, and more than $600 in alcohol, including a $96 bottle of wine, the newspaper reported.

The unnamed club to allow for multiple Association-maintenance employees work part-time jobs during their regular shift work – all the while collecting pay from the Association.

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The report also found that the maintenance supervisor routinely used a state-owned vehicle to commute to work from home, and for personal business. When asked about it, the said overseer, he took the truck-house “to get a maximum of two times per week” to work materials.

The Association defended itself by claiming that the 2011 staff reduction left the workplace and workers “stretched” and resulted in insufficient training for the remaining employees.

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