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Stewart Commission mulling costly 'forensic audit'
Three commissioners file police report alleging theft; Audit was previously approved, but now tabled
By Chip Jones
The Stewart County Commission held a called meeting last Thursday, Sept. 20 to discuss a previously approved forensic audit of the county’s books. The commissioners had voted to conduct the forensic audit at the regularly scheduled Aug. 14 meeting, but in last Thursday’s meeting they tabled the matter, expressing concerns about the cost as well as whether it was truly needed.
A “forensic audit” is a specialized audit – even more in depth than standard audits – that is generally conducted in order to find evidence to prosecute a party for fraud or embezzlement.
On the same day of the August 14 meeting (when the now tabled forensic audit was approved), three commissioners – Mitzi House, Arcola Scott, and Joseph Williams – filed an incident report with Lumpkin Police Chief Ron Jackson in which they ... Online subscribers click here for the full article.