State Audit Scolds St. Louis Circuit Court For Withholding Millions of Public Dollars
|Missouri Auditor Susan Montee|
The cash is leftover from court-ordered bank accounts that date as far back as 1977.
"The failure to routinely review inactive cases and disburse monies as appropriate" Montee writes, "routinely deprives the state, city or others the use of those monies."
Heather Ratcliffe of the Post-Dispatch has the response from Circuit Clerk Mariano Favazza:
Overall, Favazza said he was pleased with the report, noting improvements since he first invited auditors to look at the books when he took over as circuit clerk. The 90-page audit of the office in 2000 had 51 recommendations; Tuesday's 10-page version had eight.The auditor also recommended changes to the court's "pre-trial release" office, which is in charge of collecting bail bonds. The office came under scrutiny earlier this year.
"Most of those recommendations concern ongoing issues from past administrations for which we continue to make substantial process correcting," Favazza said.
Here's Montee's full report:22nd Judicial Circuit Court Audit