Former Franklin Township Fiscal Officer on the Hook Again
Columbus – More findings for recovery will be added to the resume of former Franklin Township (Richland County) fiscal officer Cynthia Carroll, according to the township’s 2011-2012 financial audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
“It appears she took someone else’s repayment of a finding for recovery,” Auditor Yost said. “The irony is… astonishing.”
Former Township Trustee Kenneth Levering repaid a finding for recovery issued in the township’s 2009-2010 audit, totaling $5,143 in cash, on October 8, 2012. Auditors found no evidence that Carroll deposited the cash into the township’s bank account. Accordingly, a finding for recovery has been issued against Carroll in the full amount.
The audit also identified that Carroll overpaid three township employees during the audit period. Carroll is held jointly and severally liable for the overpayments, totaling $16,749. The employees are liable for their respective amounts.
A previous special audit of Franklin Township, released on August 19, 2014, found that Carroll improperly spent more than $135,000 in townships funds.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.