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Auditor Says Company Slipped One Past State Agency to Get Full Pay

Posted May 10, 2007

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— The state auditor said Thursday that the Division of Waste Management got ripped off on a six-figure contract because it did not verify a contractor's paperwork.

The division paid TIRES, Inc. of Winston-Salem $320,000 to produce 20,000 rubber playground mats from old automobile tires, Auditor Les Merritt's office said in a report. The company actually made 5,700 mats, Merritt found.

Merritt said the division, part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, should sue to get its money back and should be more careful about verifying what its contractor tell it they did.

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  • spiritwarriorwoman May 11, 2007

    "Merritt said the division, part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, should sue to get its money back and should be more careful about verifying what its contractor tell it they did."

    AMEN!!!

    The employee who signed the receipt for goods and the invoice should be fired, and the contractor should be arrested.

    This has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with sloppy workmanship and crime.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • none ya biz May 11, 2007

    computer trainer, the auditors office doesnt fix what is wrong, they simply find it. it up to the agency to fix the findings. the main point of the auditors office is just to make sure that tax payers money is being used appropriately and for the use it is intended

  • wynnwilson May 11, 2007

    Democrats!

  • sixpointedbadge May 11, 2007

    Oh..... what's this? Oh nothing.... just sign it.. OK ... down on the bottom of the page? YUP! OK BA BUY Have nice day.....

  • computer trainer May 11, 2007

    Auditor's office has no teeth. I am sure that they made recommendations, but nothing will happen. You can look at their website, and they appear to do a great job of protecting the state, BUT nothing happens at the agency that got in "trouble". In fact, if it is an individual that does the wrong, they usually get promoted, with a RAISE!

  • skeeter II May 10, 2007

    I would think that this was a violation of state regs/policy of verifying the receipt of goods before approving the invoice for payment.

    I agree that someone should be held accountable for this at the agency.

    I would hope that the Governor would be upset about this and require some "corrective action" to be taken.

  • gnew46 May 10, 2007

    That equates to an overpayment of $228,000 of a $320,000 contract at $16 a mat. Why isn't someone fired over this and why is the state not going after the company for defrauding the taxpayers of North Carolina? The Division of Waste Managment can't manage its own waste.

  • Tax Man May 10, 2007

    Turn it over to the AG - he should put the contractor in prison

  • GWALLY May 10, 2007

    ....can't even get the trash right......government........got to love it. I think we need more taxes so we can set up a board to investigate this issue.......reports (really thick ones) are due by 2010!!!!! Topics of reports....who is not responsible for this mess......and what we are going to do with the new Commission of used tires office and how many part time employees they will need!!!!

  • ladyblue May 10, 2007

    WASTE MY MONEY THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW I MAKE SO MUCH YOU CAN TRIPLE MY TAXES TO COVER ALL THE STATES'S SCREW UPS...

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