Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. - Financial Activities (2019M-157)

Issued Date
December 06, 2019

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Audit Objective

Determine whether Department officials provided adequate oversight of operations to ensure financial activity was properly reported and money was safeguarded.

Key Findings

  • The Treasurer did not provide sufficient oversight of the bookkeeper hired to account for the Department’s financial transactions.
  • Forty-four credit card charges totaling $5,087 were paid without sufficient supporting documentation.
  • Thirty-five check collections totaling $26,751 were not deposited in a timely manner.
  • The Department’s audit committee did not audit the Treasurer’s records as required in the bylaws.

Key Recommendations

  • Perform all of the Treasurer’s duties as required by the bylaws and review the bookkeeper’s work.
  • Ensure all disbursements have the President’s prior authorization and are adequately supported.
  • Adopt procedures to ensure that collections are documented, safeguarded and deposited in a timely manner.
  • Review the Treasurer’s books and records as required.

Department officials generally agreed with our recommendations and have initiated, or indicated they planned to initiate, corrective action.