Leeds employee asked to repay $95,000

By WBRC staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An employee with the city of Leeds was asked to repay nearly $95,000 after an audit was conducted by the state of Alabama.

In a report published Friday, the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts found 17 irregularities concerning the Leeds Municipal Court, including:

• Lack of a proper segregation of duties
• Lack of procedures related to the collecting, receipting and safeguarding of funds
• Lack of procedures to ensure that bank accounts were properly reconciled
• The Court's failure to follow the minimum accounting requirements for issuing manual receipts
• Improper use/transfer of restricted court funds

In addition, the examiners cited an employee for collecting money but not depositing them. The examiners sent a letter to the employee, requesting the employee repay $94,861.72 to the city.  The examiners also asked for the employee to meet with them in person, but the employee did not show up for the meeting.

Leeds mayor Eric Patterson told FOX6 News Friday the city asked for the audit.

"We called for the audit of the city because we found some discrepancies in the court," said Patterson.

Mayor Patterson said he noticed the problems at municipal court after taking office, but said the problems have now been corrected.

Patterson also said a letter of termination was sent to the female employee on Friday.

The examiners said their report will be forwarded to the state attorney general for collection.

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