Comptroller's audit prompts Oxford to adjust

OXFORD Ė The Village of Oxford's financial records were the topic of an audit performed by New York State Comptroller Tomas DiNapoli which highlighted a number of inconsistencies and unaccounted cash shortages.

The purpose of the audit was to review the Justice Courtís financial operations for the period of June 1, 2011 through April 30, 2013 in which a discrepancy of nearly $10,000 was reported by DiNapoli's office.

According to the comptrollerís office, village justices did not ensure that justice court moneys were accounted for properly. The audit found numerous errors and irregularities, from adjudicating traffic tickets to recording, collection and deposit, and in reporting to the Justice Court Fund (JCF) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The 18-page report also identified a $3,500 shortage in the courtís account of the late Justice Charles Race, of which $2,300 in bail had been forfeited during the scope period but not deposited or remitted to the JCF. Additionally, a discrepancy of more than $1,300 in collections were recorded with no corresponding deposits.

More than 900 traffic tickets with outstanding fees on record at the DMV were not current in the courtís records and, therefore, represent significant unrealized revenue which prompted the comptrollerís audit. The justices did not prepare monthly accountabilities which the comptroller asserts could have identified these discrepancies.

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