Taylor Releases Springfield Twp. Audit

Employees Cited for Making Nearly $9,000 in Personal Phone Calls

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Clark County -

State Auditor Mary Taylor released the audit of Springfield Township in Clark County finding that two township employees made personal phone calls totaling $8,559.10. 

“Public employees must be held to a higher standard as they are using taxpayer dollars,” Taylor said.  “My office will continue to work to uncover fraud and waste of public money and hold responsible parties accountable.”

A review of phone records found that Kelly Kouse-Murley made 24 phone calls in less than a month to Japan for a total phone bill of $7,731.70.  She made a partial payment of $550 during the audit period. Kouse-Murley was indicted on one count of theft by the Clark County Court of Common Pleas last October.

The review of township phone records also indicates Jason Smedley made several out-of-state phone calls for a total bill of $872.40. He repaid the money during the course of the audit. 

Additionally, the report says the township made duplicate payments over the course of the fiscal year to several vendors.  The vendors returned the identical payments to the township.  Auditor Taylor recommends the township develop effective internal controls to reduce the likelihood of error.

The State Auditor’s Office strives to ensure that all public funds are spent appropriately and in accordance with state and local laws.  The office also works aggressively to root out fraud, waste and abuse in public spending, and help prosecute those who seek to use public funds for personal gain. 

A copy of the full audit is available online at http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/Public/AuditSearch/detail.aspx?ReportID=58798