A year after the discovery of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme in a county public works department, a grand jury's investigation of the incident uncovers a "long list" of weaknesses in the department's financial operations. The report also found that after uncovering the embezzlement, the department failed to correct the risky financial processes that led to the theft.
The grand jury report lists a number of recommendations for decreasing the significant financial risk that is present with current procedures. Some of these include updating financial software; providing additional management training on financial management and conflict of interest issues; and keeping the internal audit department fully staffed.
The report also recommended that all county departments provide a formal, written accounting of all financial expenditures every year, and tasked the county's board of supervisors with verifying that the department's financial management complies with stated guidelines. Giana Magnoli "Grand Jury Slams Santa Barbara County's Financial Management After $2 Million Embezzlement" noozhawk.com (Jun. 24, 2018).