A report from the Director of Audit has confirmed that he recommended more than a year and a half ago that the police look into what the report described as questionable financial transactions at state-owned DBS radio.
The matter is contained in the Director of Audit’s report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.
That report was submitted to Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit last month by Director of Audit Clarence Christian.
According to Christian, a financial audit conducted into the financial affairs at the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation – a wholly owned entity of government – has unearthed certain questionable transactions.
The Director of Audit says those transactions need to be explained by former DBS General Manager/Accountant Marriette Warrington, although the report does not mention her by name.
Christian says the audit of the public accounts committee for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 unearthed a gas account at a local gas station operated solely by the former General Manager on behalf of DBS, “with a reconciled balance of EC$32,000.00 which remained unaccounted for”.
“The gas account and balance were never brought to the attention of the Board of Directors or the external auditors of the Corporation,” the report states.
“The balance on the gas account never formed part of the Accounts Payable records of the corporation and was not part of the liability listing on the audited financial statement,” it said.
The report also indicated that for the period January 1st 2007-December 31st 2008 petrol purchases utilizing local purchase orders from the Corporation in the amount of EC$11,548.99 were approved solely by the former General manager.
It said “although the local purchase order of the Corporation was being used and the account was in the name of DBS Radio, there are no indications that these purchases ever formed part of the accounting record of the Corporation”.
The audited records also revealed that $155,994.66 was deposited into the company’s account at a local bank, of which $79.052.29 was withdrawn by the general manager without the approval of the Board of Directors.
“There were no records or documents presented to the Office of the Director of Audit to indicate that the withdrawals were for gratuity payments. Furthermore, the audit revealed that most of those withdrawals were cash drawn over the counter with no indications as to the purpose of these withdrawals except on a few occasions,” the report stated.
The audit report also revealed that on June 30th 2010 a number of the Corporation’s staff had salary advance balances totaling to $96,304.50, notwithstanding the fact that the Corporation had no policies on staff advances and “such was granted on the sole discretion of the General Manager”.
It noted that the management structure was such that the general manager at the Corporation also functioned as the accountant.
“Of interest to the Officer of the Director of Audit, is the fact that three senior staff members had unpaid salary advance balances in the amounts of $43,763.75; $29.900.00 and $16,214.00. There are no indications that the Board of Directors had approved any of the foregoing amounts,” the report stated.
It also indicated that the office of the Director of Audit never received the cooperation of former General Manager/Accountant Warrington when the audit was being conducted.
She was given her marching orders in March of 2010 for alleged misconduct, including the $32,000.00 petroleum account controversy.
Copyright 2012 Dominica News Online, DURAVISION INC. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.