2018

12
Jul
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

12
Jul
Three Cities, One County Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

11
Jul
Audit Releases for Thursday, July 12

Audit reports are released semiweekly. The following audits will be released Thursday, July 12, 2018.

11
Jul
Auditor’s Report Urges School Districts to Adopt Policies to Govern Use of Online Fundraising

Across Ohio, hundreds of teachers are using crowdfunding – online fundraising – to generate donations to provide materials to enhance the educational experience of their students. A new report and survey from Auditor of State Dave Yost found that many school districts do not have policies to guide teachers and administrators on how to use crowdfunding properly. The report provides best practices for districts considering these policies.

10
Jul
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

10
Jul
Three Cities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

09
Jul
Audit Releases for Tuesday, July 10

The following audits will be released Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

05
Jul
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

05
Jul
Three Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

03
Jul
Northeast Ohio Company Owes Ohio Medicaid $910K

A Stark County provider of behavioral health services billed the state almost $840,000 for services that were ineligible for payment from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), state auditors found. 

03
Jul
Northeast Ohio Company Owes Ohio Medicaid $910K

A Stark County provider of behavioral health services billed the state almost $840,000 for services that were ineligible for payment from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), state auditors found. 

03
Jul
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

03
Jul
Four Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

03
Jul
Audit Releases for Thursday, July 5

The following audits will be released Thursday, July 5, 2018.

02
Jul
Audit Releases for Tuesday, July 3

The following audits will be released Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

28
Jun
Darke County Village Misspent Thousands of Public Funds on Contest Prizes

The Village of Wayne Lakes misspent thousands of tax dollars on a golf cart, kayak and other prizes that it gave to citizens during 2015 and 2016, according to a state audit released today.

28
Jun
Auditors Issue Finding Against Former Court Employee as Investigation Continues

A state audit released today details a theft of almost $175,000 by a former employee of the Lucas County Clerk of Courts office, who was sentenced last week to jail time for theft in office. 

28
Jun
Performance Audit Recommends More than $640,000 in Savings to Help Belpre City School District

The Belpre City School District (Washington County) could achieve average annual savings of $641,400 based on recommendations of a performance audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

28
Jun
Trustees Return Overpayments to Ashtabula Township

A pair of Ashtabula Township (Ashtabula County) trustees have returned overpayments of $618 that they received in 2016, according to a state audit released today.

28
Jun
Ward Township Financial Records “Unauditable”

Auditor of State Dave Yost declared Ward Township “unauditable” today after its fiscal officer failed to provide financial statements required for an audit. 

28
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

28
Jun
Three Cities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

27
Jun
Auditor Yost to Hold Cyber Fraud Prevention Training in Licking County

A cybersecurity expert from Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office will lead a free training seminar in Licking County to help law enforcement and local government officials combat the growing threat of cyberattacks on local government. 

27
Jun
Audit Releases for Thursday, June 28

The following audits will be released Thursday, June 28, 2018.

27
Jun
Passage of Credit Card Reform Bill Provides Enhanced Protections for Tax Dollars

State lawmakers have passed new protections for credit cards used by local governments, legislation Auditor of State Dave Yost called for following a special report on credit card abuse issued by his office last year. 

27
Jun
Statement from Auditor Yost on Passage of Additional Reforms for E-schools in S.B. 216, H.B. 87

The following statement can be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding reforms contained in S.B. 216 and H.B. 87.

26
Jun
Study: Medicaid Shouldering Soaring Number of Opioid Addicts as Opioid Epidemic Continues

A new report by the Ohio Auditor of State’s office shows the number of Ohio Medicaid recipients with an opioid-related diagnosis (dependence, abuse or overdose) climbed 430 percent between 2010 and 2016, with the state now providing assistance to a soaring number of Ohioans addicted to opioids. 

26
Jun
Performance Audit Recommends $272,200 in Savings to Geneva Area City School District

The Geneva Area City School District (Ashtabula County) could achieve annual savings of $272,200 based on recommendations of a performance audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

26
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

26
Jun
Three Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

25
Jun
Audit Releases for Tuesday, June 26

The following audits will be released Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

21
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

20
Jun
Auditor Yost Issues Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 4

The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the passage of Senate Bill 4.

19
Jun
Township’s $35K Overpayment to Company Flew Under the Radar for Almost 2 Years

Spring Valley Township overpaid a road repair company by more than $35,000 in 2015 and failed to realize the mistake until state auditors discovered it almost two years later.

19
Jun
Auditor Yost to Host Free Cybersecurity Training in Miami County

A cybersecurity expert from Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office will lead a free training seminar Wednesday in Piqua (Miami County) to help law enforcement and local government officials combat the growing threat of cyberattacks on government. 

19
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

19
Jun
Four Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

18
Jun
Audit Releases for Tuesday, June 19

The following audits will be released Tuesday, June 19, 2018. 

14
Jun
Niles City School District Returns to Fiscal Watch

Auditor of State Dave Yost today elevated the Niles City School District to a state of fiscal watch after its Board of Education failed to put forth a financial recovery plan.

14
Jun
Village of Belmore Financial Records “Unauditable”

Auditor of State Dave Yost today declared the Village of Belmore “unauditable” after the Putnam County village ignored repeated requests for financial records.

14
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

13
Jun
Audit Releases for Thursday, June 14

The following audits will be released Thursday, June 14, 2018. 

12
Jun
Audit Details Fiscal Officer’s Theft from Village of Alexandria

A newly-released audit of Alexandria reveals the extent of a theft committed by the village’s former fiscal officer Laura Vanscoy Andrews.

12
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

12
Jun
Two Entities qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

11
Jun
Audit Releases for Tuesday, June 12

The following audits will be released Tuesday, June 12, 2018. 

07
Jun
Audit Shows DAS Ignored Bidding Requirements for IT Contracts

Audit Recommendations Would Strengthen Controls in Bidding Requirements

Officials in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) ignored state bidding requirements in awarding some contracts to information technology vendors. However, because of control weaknesses in the procurement process, it’s impossible to verify whether the state overpaid for services.

07
Jun
Former London City Auditor Sentenced to Jail, Probation for Theft in Office

Former London City Auditor Nicholas Szabo was sentenced this morning to 28 days in jail and two years of probation following his plea of guilty last month to a fourth-degree felony count of theft in office. 

07
Jun
Auditor Yost to Host Cyber Fraud Prevention Training in Chillicothe

Law enforcement officials and public officials are encouraged to attend

With cyberattacks on governments increasing, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost today announced a free training seminar will be held in Chillicothe to help law enforcement and local government officials combat cybercriminals. 

06
Jun
Legislators Pass Amendment Requiring JobsOhio, State Auditor Collaboration on Performance Audits

Legislation passed today by the Ohio Senate would require the Auditor of State’s participation during performance audits of JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development agency. 

06
Jun
Audit Releases for Thursday, June 7

The following audits will be released Thursday, June 7, 2018.

05
Jun
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

05
Jun
City of Brunswick Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the City of Brunswick (Medina County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The city’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

04
Jun
Audit Releases for Tuesday, June 5

The following audits will be released Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

31
May
City of Alliance Elevated to Fiscal Watch

Auditor of State Dave Yost today elevated the City of Alliance (Stark County) to a state of fiscal watch after city officials failed to put forth an acceptable financial recovery plan. 

31
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

31
May
Two Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

30
May
Audit Releases for Thursday, May 31

The following audits will be released Thursday, May 31, 2018. 

29
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

29
May
Columbus Regional Airport Authority Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (Franklin County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The authority’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

25
May
Audit Releases for Tuesday, May 29

The following audits will be released Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 

24
May
Goshen Township Financial Records “Unauditable”

Incomplete financial records prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place Goshen Township (Tuscarawas County) on the “unauditable” list.

24
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

23
May
Audit Releases for Thursday, May 24

The following audits will be released Thursday, May 24, 2018.

22
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

22
May
Lake Metroparks Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of Lake Metroparks (Lake County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The entity’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

21
May
Audit Releases for Tuesday, May 22

The following audits will be released Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 

17
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

17
May
Laketran Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of Laketran (Lake County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The transit authority’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

16
May
Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas Receives Ohio Auditor’s Public Integrity Award

Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas was awarded the Auditor of State’s Public Integrity Award today for the support his office provided during an investigation of York Township. 

16
May
Bill to Toughen Penalties for Theft in Office Approved by Senate

Legislation that would stiffen the penalties for public employees convicted of theft in office and alleviate some of the financial burden for their victims was approved today by the Ohio Senate in a unanimous vote.

16
May
Audit Releases for Thursday, May 17

The following audits will be released Thursday, May 17, 2018.

15
May
Former Strongsville City Schools Employee Indicted on Theft Charges Following Search of Residence

A former Strongsville City Schools (Cuyahoga County) employee is facing theft charges after investigators with the Auditor of State’s office tracked more than $65,000 worth of school district property to his residence.

15
May
Village of Orwell Penalized $11,567 for Years of Back Taxes

The Village of Orwell paid the IRS $11,567 in penalties and interest during 2017 for 3 1/2 years of back taxes, according to a financial audit released today.

15
May
Newton Falls Joint Fire District Financial Records “Unauditable”

Incomplete financial records prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Newton Falls Joint Fire District (Trumbull County) on the “unauditable” list.

14
May
Audit Releases for Tuesday, May 15

The following audits will be released Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

11
May
Former Leetonia Police Chief Sentenced for Theft

Former Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for a third-degree felony charge of theft. Soldano pleaded guilty last month to the theft charge stemming from an investigation by the Ohio Auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team (PIAT). 

11
May
Former Niles Mayor Sentenced to Ten Years for Public Corruption

Former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante was sentenced to ten years in prison today following a public corruption trial in Trumbull County. The sentence was issued by Visiting Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove, who also ordered more than $51,000 to be paid in restitution to the state and to the City of Niles.

10
May
ECOT Inflated Time Claimed for Students, Failed to Document Time Spent Learning, Audit Finds

Auditor Yost Refers Findings to U.S. Attorney, County Prosecutor for Potential Prosecution

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) inflated the amount of time it claimed its students were engaged in learning by failing to deduct the time students were inactive online, according to an audit released today by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost.

10
May
Late Fees, Interest Cost Cardinal Joint Fire District $1,887 During 2016

The Cardinal Joint Fire District (Mahoning County) paid $1,887 in penalties and interest during 2016 for late payments of employee income tax and pension withholdings, state auditors found.

10
May
Village of Newtonsville Audit Finds Unsupported Spending, Conflict of Interest

A newly-released audit of the Village of Newtonsville reports almost $700 in undocumented spending and a violation of the state’s laws governing conflicts of interest.

10
May
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

09
May
MEDIA ADVISORY

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost to Release Audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost will host a press conference on Thursday, May 10, to discuss an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). 

09
May
Former London City Auditor Pleads Guilty to Theft in Office

The former City Auditor of London (Madison County) pleaded guilty today to theft in office for his failure to reimburse the city for his health insurance costs and for an unauthorized pay increase for a fellow employee. 

09
May
Audit Releases for Thursday, May 10

The following audits will be released Thursday, May 10, 2018.

09
May
Village of Bridgeport Financial Records “Unauditable”

Incomplete financial records and bank reconciliations prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Village of Bridgeport (Belmont County) on the “unauditable” list.

08
May
Ohio Auditor of State’s Office Awarded by Peers for Excellence in Accountability

The Ohio Auditor of State’s special audit of Mt. Sterling has earned an Excellence in Accountability Award from the National State Auditors Association (NSAA), Auditor Yost announced today.

04
May
Statement Regarding Request for ECOT Subpoena

The office of Auditor of State Dave Yost issued the following statement regarding Franklin County Court Judge Michael J. Holbrook’s request for a subpoena to protect certain information on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s equipment.

03
May
Former Athletic Director Sentenced for Conflict of Interest

A former athletic director of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District (Miami County) was ordered to pay a fine and perform community service after he was found guilty today of having a conflict of interest.

02
May
Former IT Worker Pays $45,138 to School District for Apple Products He Sold on eBay

The Orange City School District (Cuyahoga County) received $45,138 in restitution today from a former employee who used his position to acquire discounted Apple products that he sold on eBay.

26
Apr
Joint Statement from Ohio Auditor of State, Ethics Commision

Former Cleveland City Councilman Facing 26 Charges After Ethics Investigation

Former Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman is facing 26 charges of unlawful interest in a public contract following an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission. 

24
Apr
Central Ohio Medicaid Provider Owes State $2M for Improper Billings

A Franklin County home health agency owes the state more than $2 million, primarily because the company billed the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) for services it was not yet authorized to provide.

24
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

24
Apr
Auditor’s Study Shows Belmont County School Districts Could Improve Efficiency, Save Money Through Shared Services

In a first-of-its-kind feasibility study, Auditor of State Dave Yost has determined that several Belmont County School districts could improve efficiency and save money by combining bus maintenance services.

23
Apr
Statement from the Office of Ohio Auditor Dave Yost

At Auditor Yost’s direction, the office began evaluating how compliance testing with NICS could be conducted in mid-December.

23
Apr
Audit Releases for Tuesday, April 24

The following audits will be released Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

19
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

19
Apr
State Auditors Report Improper Medicaid Payments of $900K to Franklin County Provider

A Franklin County Medicaid provider that administered some of its care with unqualified staff improperly billed the state for more than $900,000 worth of services, according to a report released today.   

18
Apr
Audit Releases for Thursday, April 19

The following audits will be released Thursday, April 19, 2018.

17
Apr
Audit: Lawrence County ESC Spent $93K of Charter School’s Funds in Error

The Lawrence County Educational Service Center (ESC) and its former treasurer are on the hook for almost $93,000 in ESC expenses that it paid with the funds of a now-shuttered charter school that it sponsored.

17
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

16
Apr
Audit Releases for Tuesday, April 17

The following audits will be released Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 

13
Apr
Public Meeting Notice

Fleet Maintenance Shared Services Feasibility Study Planned Scope of Work

In accordance with Ohio Rev. Code Sect. 117.473, a public meeting and hearing have been scheduled for the Fleet Maintenance Shared Services Feasibility Study Planned Scope of Work as follows.

13
Apr
Brookfield Local School District Released from Fiscal Emergency

Auditor of State Dave Yost today announced that the Brookfield Local School District (Trumbull County) has achieved financial stability after spending almost five years in fiscal emergency.

12
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

11
Apr
Audit Releases for Thursday, April 12

The following audits will be released Thursday, April 12, 2018.

11
Apr
Senate Approves S.B. 239 to Improve Accountability, Transparency of Council of Government Organizations

Legislation approved by the Ohio Senate today to improve accountability of Council of Governments (COGs) will give the Ohio Auditor of State new power to force the consortiums to make their existence known.

10
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

09
Apr
Audit Releases for Tuesday, April 10

The following audits will be released Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

05
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

04
Apr
Audit Releases for Thursday, April 5

Audit reports are released semiweekly. The following audits will be released Thursday, April 5, 2018.

03
Apr
Niles City School District Could Save $3.4 Million Annually, Performance Audit Shows

The Niles City School District could save almost $3.4 million annually and avoid a projected 2022 deficit of nearly $11.6 million by adopting the recommendations of a performance audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

03
Apr
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

02
Apr
Audit Releases for Tuesday, April 3

The following audits will be released Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 

01
Apr
Report Offers Guidance on Escaping and Avoiding Fiscal Emergency

By Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State

Few things can be as traumatic to a county, school district, city, village or township as being declared to be in fiscal emergency as a result of defaulting on debt, failing to make payroll or running fund deficits.

29
Mar
Former Cheerleading Coach Owes School District $1,880 for Missing Student Payments

A state audit released today orders a former high school cheerleading coach to repay $1,880 in missing revenue to the Fairfield Union Local School District (Fairfield County).

29
Mar
Audit Uncovers Credit Card Penalties at Cuyahoga Falls City School District

The Cuyahoga Falls City School District was hit with $2,618 in penalties for late payments and overcharges to a district credit card, according to a state audit.

29
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

28
Mar
Audit Releases for Thursday, March 29

The following audits will be released Thursday, March 29, 2018. 

27
Mar
Former Volunteer Treasurer Sentenced to Probation, Ordered to Pay Restitution for Theft

A former volunteer treasurer who stole tens of thousands of dollars from two groups affiliated with the Shawnee Local School District (Allen County) was sentenced late last week to five years of probation and ordered to pay $51,419 in restitution.

27
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

27
Mar
Statement from Auditor Yost on Columbus City Schools Board of Education Restarting Superintendent Selection Process

In response to today’s unanimous vote by the Columbus City Schools Board of Education to restart its process for selecting a new superintendent, Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost issued the following statement.

26
Mar
Former York Township Fiscal Officer and Two Others Indicted for Theft from Township

The former fiscal officer for York Township (Belmont County) and its Water Authority has been indicted on 27 counts involving theft in office and related charges in connection with paying her mother Irma Shreffler, and one other person with money they had not earned. Dawn Lee’s mother and another person also were indicted by the Belmont County grand jury on 10 additional counts.

26
Mar
Audit Releases for Tuesday, March 27

The following audits will be released Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

23
Mar
Ohio Auditor’s Report Details How Communities Can Overcome, Avoid Fiscal Emergency

Few things can be as traumatic to a county, school district, city, village or township as being declared to be in fiscal emergency as a result of defaulting on debt, failing to make payroll or running fund deficits.

22
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

22
Mar
Fiscal Officer Failed to Pay Fire District Employee Taxes

The former fiscal officer of the Clinton-Highland Joint Fire District (Clinton County) failed to remit withheld federal income taxes which resulted in late fees and penalties totaling $22,559, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

21
Mar
Audit Releases for Thursday, March 22

The following audits will be released Thursday, March 22, 2018. 

20
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

20
Mar
Miamisburg City School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Miamisburg City School District (Montgomery County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

19
Mar
Audit Releases for Tuesday, March 20

The following audits will be released Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

15
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

15
Mar
Madison-Plains School District Could Save $1.8 million, Performance Audit Shows

Madison-Plains Local School District could save nearly $1.8 million and eliminate a projected 2022 deficit of $7.4 million by adopting the recommendations of a performance audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

15
Mar
Search Warrant Executed At Muskingum County Engineer’s Office

Members of the State Auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team (PIAT) executed a  search warrant today at the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office, 155 Rehl Rd., Zanesville. The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department and agents of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) assisted in the execution of the search warrant. 

14
Mar
Audit Releases for Thursday, March 15

The following audits will be released Thursday, March 15, 2018.

13
Mar
Former Basketball Coach Owes School District Almost $8K for Botched Fundraiser

A former basketball coach of the Northwest Local School District is on the hook for nearly $8,000 billed to the district for a fundraiser he mismanaged during 2016. 

13
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

13
Mar
Southern Hills Joint Vocational School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Southern Hills Joint Vocational School District (Brown County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

12
Mar
Audit Releases for Tuesday, March 13

The following audits will be released Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

11
Mar
State Auditors Issued 321 Citations for Public Records Violations in 2017, Down 22 Percent

State auditors issued 321 public records-related citations to 267 public entities in calendar year 2017 – a 22 percent drop in citations from the prior year, Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today as part of Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of open government and public records.

09
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports:

09
Mar
Twinsburg City School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Twinsburg City School District (Summit County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report.

09
Mar
Auditor Yost Presents “Taxpayer Hero Award” to Kirtland Local School District

Auditor of State Dave Yost presented a Taxpayer Hero Award today to Kirtland Local School District (Lake County) in recognition of the district’s successful cost savings through a variety of initiatives.

08
Mar
Paxton Fiscal Officer Repays Township for Improper Raise

The fiscal officer of Paxton Township has repaid $300 to the Ross County community after auditors found the township violated state law by giving her a midterm pay raise. 

07
Mar
Audit Releases for Thursday, March 8

The following audits will be released Thursday, March 8, 2018. 

06
Mar
More Findings for Recovery Issued Against Former Village of Macksburg Fiscal Officer

A former fiscal officer previously convicted of theft in office after using the Village of Macksburg’s debit card to make personal expenditures and unsupported ATM withdrawals totaling $3,885, has been found to have made an additional $1,724 in illegal expenditures, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

06
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

06
Mar
Vandalia-Butler City School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Vandalia-Butler City School District (Montgomery County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

05
Mar
Village of Bratenahl Financial Records “Unauditable”

Incomplete financial records and bank reconciliations prompted Auditor of State Dave Yost to place the Village of Bratenahl (Cuyahoga County) on the “unauditable” list.

05
Mar
Audit Releases for Tuesday, March 6

The following audits will be released Tuesday, March 6, 2018. 

01
Mar
Audit: Dayton Public Schools Sent Months of Unearned Paychecks to Former Employees

The Dayton City School District continued to send paychecks to some of its former employees for months after they resigned during 2017, according to a state audit released today. 

01
Mar
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

01
Mar
Auditor Yost, Legislators Announce Bill to Amend Theft in Office Law

Legislation announced today by Auditor of State Dave Yost and Sen. Steve Wilson would stiffen the penalties for public employees convicted of theft in office and alleviate some of the financial burden for their victims. 

01
Mar
Proposed Legislation Addresses Limitations in Laws Regulating Theft in Office Charges

By Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State

As a former county prosecutor, it’s no surprise that I believe corrupt public servants deserve more than a slap on the wrist for swindling tax dollars from their communities. 

28
Feb
State of Ohio Audit Released

The annual review of the state’s federal financial assistance programs for FY 2017 was released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

28
Feb
Audit Releases for Thursday, March 1

The following audits will be released Thursday, March 1, 2018. 

27
Feb
Former Mayor Owes Village of Rutland for Unsupported Checks

A state audit of the Village of Rutland (Meigs County) discovered checks written by a former mayor during 2016 that were unsupported and paid out of the wrong account.

27
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

27
Feb
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

27
Feb
Special Report Details Costs, Dangers of Noncompliance in Ohio’s Medicaid Program

Pending Legislation Would Establish Additional Safeguards for State’s High-Risk Medicaid Providers

Medicaid providers who are unqualified or lack records to justify payments for services have repaid only a fraction of the tens of millions of dollars they owe to the state, according to a special report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

26
Feb
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Feb. 27

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

23
Feb
Auditor of State’s Office Again Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Auditor of State’s office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 fiscal year-end Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

22
Feb
Former Harrison County Probation Officer Repays Stolen Court Revenue

A former probation officer has repaid $24,020 she stole from the Harrison County Court, according to an audit of the county released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

22
Feb
Auditor Yost Statement on Sen. Coley’s Legislation Regarding Medical Marijuana

The following statement may be attributed to Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding legislation sponsored by Sen. Bill Coley, R-Cincinnati, on oversight of the state’s medical marijuana program.

22
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

22
Feb
Westerville City School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Westerville City School District (Franklin County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

21
Feb
Audit Releases for Thursday, Feb. 22

The following audits will be released Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

20
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

20
Feb
Six School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

16
Feb
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Feb. 20

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

15
Feb
Village of Minster Audit Flags Alcohol Purchases, Unsupported Credit Card Spending

A former fire chief has repaid $980 to the Village of Minster (Auglaize County) after state auditors discovered credit card charges that were unsupported or prohibited by village policy. 

15
Feb
Review of Provider’s Medicaid Services Finds Nearly $128K in Improper Payments

A state review of a Scioto County Medicaid provider uncovered almost $128,000 in improper payments stemming from errors in service documentation and a lack of first aid training.

15
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

14
Feb
Audit Releases for Thursday, Feb. 15

The following audits will be released Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. 

13
Feb
Audit: Basketball Coach Spent $500 on Prohibited Alcohol Purchase for Fundraiser

A high school basketball coach has repaid $500 to the Norwood City School District (Hamilton County) after a state audit found he spent public funds on alcohol for a 2017 fundraiser.

13
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

13
Feb
Three School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

12
Feb
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Feb. 13

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

08
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

07
Feb
Audit Releases for Thursday, Feb. 8

The following audits will be released Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

06
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

06
Feb
Five School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

05
Feb
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Feb. 6

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

01
Feb
Audit Details Superintendent’s Theft from Norwood City Schools, Affiliated Community School

A state audit released today explains how a former superintendent managed to siphon off tens of thousands of dollars from the Norwood City School District (Hamilton County) and its affiliated charter school. 

01
Feb
Audits Question Unsupported Purchases at Two Dayton Charter Schools

Audits of two affiliated Dayton charter schools hold administrators accountable for about $600 in unsupported purchases of gift cards, tickets to Kings Island and a bicycle. 

01
Feb
Statement from Auditor Dave Yost on Mecca Township

The following is a statement from Auditor Dave Yost regarding the removal from office of Deborah Drawl, Mecca Township (Trumbull County) fiscal officer.

01
Feb
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

01
Feb
Six Entities Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

31
Jan
Audit Releases for Thursday, Feb. 1

The following audits will be released Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

30
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

30
Jan
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

29
Jan
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Jan. 30

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

25
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

25
Jan
Whitehall City School District Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

A recent financial audit of the Whitehall City School District (Franklin County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The district’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

23
Jan
Auditor Yost Releases Special Audit of Mt. Sterling

Special Audit of Village in Madison County Holds 11 Individuals Accountable for Nearly $1 Million in Illegal Spending

A special audit released today details almost $1 million in illegal spending that occurred at the Village of Mt. Sterling, capping off a two-year investigation that brought criminal charges against four now-convicted former administrators and employees.

23
Jan
Audit of Maple Heights Issues $5K Finding for Missing Revenue

Almost $5,000 in revenue went missing from the City of Maple Heights (Cuyahoga County) Building Department during 2016, according to a report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

23
Jan
Audit Issues Finding Against Former Northwood Clerk for Stolen Customer Payments

A state audit released today orders a former employee of the City of Northwood (Wood County) to repay $650 that she stole from customer payments. 

23
Jan
Audit of Community Improvement Corp. Issues Finding for Improper Alcohol Purchases

A state audit released today holds the treasurer of the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation (Lucas County) responsible for almost $400 in improper alcohol purchases. 

23
Jan
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

23
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

22
Jan
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Jan. 23

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. 

18
Jan
City of Alliance Placed in Fiscal Caution

Dwindling balances in more than a dozen funds today prompted Auditor Yost to place the City of Alliance (Stark County) in a state of fiscal caution. 

18
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

18
Jan
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

17
Jan
Audit Releases for Thursday, Jan. 18

The following audits will be released Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

16
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

16
Jan
Three School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

12
Jan
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Jan. 16

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

11
Jan
Village of Grover Hill Placed in Fiscal Emergency

Auditor of State Dave Yost today placed the Village of Grover Hill (Paulding County) in a state of fiscal emergency after a fiscal analysis revealed a fund deficit and treasury deficiencies. 

11
Jan
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

10
Jan
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost Makes On-Demand, Free Cybersecurity Training Video Available for Public Officials, Ohioans

More than ever, cyberthieves are targeting Ohio’s local governments, tax dollars and individuals with great sophistication. Increasingly, those being targeted are taking steps to bolster their online security. Auditor of State Dave Yost wants to help local governments and Ohioans fortify themselves from digital threats and fend off cyberattacks by offering a free, on-demand 90-minute webinar.

10
Jan
Audit Releases for Thursday, Jan. 11

The following audits will be released Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

09
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

09
Jan
Five School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

08
Jan
Audit Releases for Tuesday, Jan. 9

The following audits will be released Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

04
Jan
Former Wintersville Clerk Owes $3,368 for Missing Court Payments

A former court clerk owes the Village of Wintersville (Jefferson County) more than $3,000 for cash payments she collected but never deposited during 2015, according to a report released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

04
Jan
Auditor Yost Announces Auditor of State Award Recipients

Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the following entities received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit reports.

04
Jan
Two School Districts Qualify for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Recent financial audits of the following entities by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office have returned clean audit reports. Their excellent record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

03
Jan
Audit Releases for Thursday, Jan. 4

The following audits will be released Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. 

01
Jan
Special Report Offers Guidance for Detecting, Deterring Thefts of Citizen Payments

By Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State

In the spring of 2017, I asked my staff to create a special report focused on a matter that has made my blood boil more than a few times during my seven years as Ohio’s Auditor of State.