Sun Valley Audit Finds 'Severe Lack of Control' of Credit Cards

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Citizens of Sun Valley are beginning to get a fuller picture of a forensic audit, outlining the shenanigans that have defined Sun Valley city government between 2008 and 2011.

A summary of the audit, obtained by the Idaho Mountain Express, unveils a string of what auditors said was misuse of public funds, including more than $23,000 of "inappropriate charges" on a credit card issued to the Sun Valley Fire Department. Auditors found that the Sun Valley Fire Department used the credit card to pay for shoes for the fire chief and his son and refurbishing a snowmobile belonging to the chief's family.

More importantly, auditors discovered little to no oversight of expenses.

"During the course of the investigation we discovered that certain individuals responsible for reviewing and approving expenditures at the department level refused to sign off on the [expense reports] because they did not believe certain expenditures were appropriate or related to City of Sun Valley business. Not withstanding, those expenditures were processed and approved for pavement without sign-off by the department head or department manager."

The audit also found:
-EMT firefighters recording more hours than they had worked.
-Time cards lacking dates or description of activities.
-A "severe lack of control" with respect to credit card usage in the fire department.
-Evidence of suspect "fuel ups" within a short period of time on a gas credit card.

The former chief of the Sun Valley Fire Department, who had been with the department for 38 years, resigned from the department in late October. His wife and son, who also worked in the department, resigned as well.

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