Search continues in Ingham County for $167,000

INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – An internal audit of checks and balances for Ingham county shows $167,000 is missing from the 2014 fiscal year

Accountants spent the weekend looking through systems to find it.

Right now the county doesn’t suspect any foul play with it, but as our Nick Perreault explains

that doesn’t mean the missing money has been forgotten.

“It’s a little bit of a needle in a haystack process that we’re going through,” said Eric Schertzing, Ingham county treasurer.

The needle in this case is $167,000 that wasn’t found in Plante Moran’s recent annual audit.

“We have no reason to believe it’s anything other than an accounting issue and getting all the numbers to line up,” Schertzing said.

While Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says it’s a drop in the bucket, a fraction of the counties $100 million dollar general fund roughly,

accountants were called in this weekend to look.

“I think it boils down to communication between the treasurer’s office, the controller, financial services, you’ve got an accounting firm that comes into that mix, they’re in their second year, we’ve got new staff

that’s learning the ropes.”

“To me as a taxpayer and to my constituents, I think that it is a big deal and I think we have a responsiblity to get some answers,” said Robin Naeyaert Ingham county commissioner, 14th district.

Ingham county’s district 14 commissioner says she’s heard

the number could range between $150,000 and $250,000 that’s missing.

“I expect accountability when this is all said and done,” Naeyaert said.

The counties treasurer remains confident this is a learning curve and says they just filled their second accounting position.

“Which has been open the past six months, so I think we’re going to have the resources to get this sorted out,” Schertzing said.

Commissioner Naeyaert hopes to find out where that money is by their June 3rd finance committee.

 

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