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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Commissioners Should Ask Justice Dept. For A Complete Audit

The Florida Times-Union
August 21, 2007

New Camden sheriff questions

By Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union

KINGSLAND - An audit of confiscated drug money expenditures in 2006 questioned Camden County Sheriff Bill Smith's $5,000 donation to a nonprofit spinal cord center in Atlanta. -------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------

Now, two earlier donations Smith made to the Shepherd Center are being questioned by elected officials.
County records provided to the Times-Union under the Georgia Open Records Act show Smith made two donations from the confiscated drug money account on May 7, 2003, to the spinal clinic totaling $12,400.
Lt. William Terrell, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said he and Smith cannot comment about the donations because of an ongoing investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Larry Bowie, a spokesman for the Shepherd Center, said Smith donated a $10,000 check and a $2,400 check to the spinal clinic's family housing fund. The housing fund allows family members of patients to stay free in accommodations near the Shepherd Center during treatment.
Smith's paralyzed son, Blake Smith, has been treated at the Shepherd Center, Bowie said, but none of the drug money was used to pay for medical expenses. Bowie could not explain why Smith wrote two checks to the center on the same day and for the same purpose.
Commissioner Katherine Zell questioned if the donation was legal under federal guidelines and whether the money could have been spent in other ways to benefit Camden County residents.
"Without a doubt, we need to look at this carefully," she said.
Commission Chairman Preston Rhodes said he was still trying to determine whether Smith used some of the drug money for purposes not authorized by federal law. The money is returned by federal authorities to counties where cash seizures are made and is intended for law enforcement purposes such as investigations and equipment.
Rhodes said it would be "inappropriate" for him to comment about the way the sheriff spends the money until all the facts are known.
"You can draw your own conclusions to the implications," Rhodes said. "We're still investigating to determine which direction we ought to be moving [in response to the way the money is spent]."
Commissioner David Rainer said he hasn't heard about the donations and couldn't comment until he had more information.
Commissioner Steve Berry, however, questioned whether the donations to the Shepherd Center, as well as other ways the money has been spent, are allowed under federal guidelines.
"You have to question every payment to the Shepherd Center," he said. "He was taking his son there for treatment. This is the reason why the County Commission should take control of this account back over."
Smith refused to turn the account over to commissioners by the Aug. 10 deadline they had imposed two weeks ago. Commissioners responded by suing Smith and asking the court to issue an order to stop the sheriff from spending any more money from the accounts and ordering him to turn over the checkbook and records until the matter is resolved.
During Smith's re-election campaign in 2004, his opponent criticized the sheriff for giving money from the fund to local civic organizations and $250,000 for a scholarship at The Citadel, Smith's alma mater in South Carolina. The sheriff called those legitimate expenditures at the time.
An audit last year said the Sheriff's Office didn't provide documentation for three transactions totaling $16,133 and spent $7,500 on "what appears to be unallowed purposes," including the $5,000 donation to the Shepherd Center.
Berry said the donations to the Shepherd Center were for a "worthy cause" but Smith was not legally allowed to spend the money to help the clinic.
"I'm sure it benefited Bill Smith greatly, but it did nothing for the taxpayers of Camden County," he said. "It's just another example of gross misuse."

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This story can be found on Jacksonville.com at http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/082107/geo_193024657.shtml.

TRSP Review: The only way we will really know whether or not this spending is legal is to ask the Justice Dept. to do a full audit. As everyone know we were told that the Justice Dept audits these every year, Of course that was a lie. It is only audited by an independent auditor, who admitted that standard accounting procedures were not used. And we all know if it is sent to the Justice Dept. it is thrown in a box and put away until needed.

So I ask our Commissioners to draw up a resolution to ask the justice Dept to do a full audit of the drug fund.


4thebadge said...

What about a complete audit of ALL county books and spending? That was voted down......wonder why!

Roxy the school police watch dog said...

Because that is audit yearly anyway, but an outside source agreed on by 5 people.

The drug fund is audited by an outside source adreed on by one person.

Do the math.

Anonymous said...

So.....what your saying is the C.C. has not spent any money in the wrong way since the last audit and it would be useless to do a complete audit? I call B.S.

Anonymous said...

The Justice Department should do a audit on the drug funds; then we will have clarity as to what is legal vs. illegal spending. A complete audit should also be done on all of the County Departments.

None of the dept. have had a complete audit in decades. They give a CPA the information that they want them to have and the CPA audits that particular information.

Anyone ever wonder why ALL County Dept. show exactly what they take in is exactly what they spend every year, to the penny. Probate, Magistrate, Tax Commissioner and Clerk of Court.

Anonymous said...

probably because most operate within their budgets! its a pretty simple concept...you can spend what you have alotted...you don't have to spend it all...but then again, if you didn't, some other dept. would want what was left.

Anonymous said...

Given a couple of months, there will be no drug funds to audit. I haven't seen the Drug Inderdiction team set up on I 95 in over a month. No drug money confiscated, County has to support the Sheriff's budget, the tax payer is the big looser!

Anonymous said...

I can't understand that the Georgia Law say's the County will provide the Sheriff with the proper amount of people, and the proper budget, in order to make the Sheriff's office, Jail and Court house run. The County Commission was spanked by the Dept. of Justice years back because they could not properly handle the seized drug funds and someone across they way at the commission was almost sent to jail for not properly providing for the Sheriff then. I can understand why the lesson was not learned then, lets just repeat this same crap. Seized money is for the use of Law Enforcement and can be shared if requseted by the Sheriff to DOJ and approved by the Dept. of Justice. County Commission agreements, votes, or whatever does not overide FEDERAL LAW. County Attorney Brent Green is being paid a salary to advise the Board and is not doing so properly, therfore he should be terminated. Or do we appoint at the Board level an Attorney that will not contest such rediculous outburst by the Commissioners. The County is seeing the light at the end of the Seized Asset account tunnel that they have forced the Sheriff to function out of for 15 - 20 years. The Sheriff has never fought this battle to make the County pay because it just makes everyones taxes go through the roof. Personally I don't mind paying as long as I get something in return. My question is, how can the Chief of SMPD have such a large budget and it be approved for his department while news paper headlines read TAX REDUCTION for St.Marys. Must be that City Council realizes how much it actually costs to provide for the citizens. I think the mismanagement of the County General Fund should be looked into if you want a solution to the neverending problem.

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Please Call Judge Williams

Tell her to throw out the plea deal in the Perry case,

And grant him a new fair trial.


From the Blog:

Anonymous said...
I just spoke with a lady that had called Judge Williams number to ask for Dennis Perry's plea be thrown out and to grant him a new trial. Guess what? As soon as Dennis' name was mentioned, the secretary or whoever she was got very cold and told the lady she would have to send the judge a fax or write her a letter. AND THEN SHE WOULDN'T GIVE HER THE FAX NUMBER!! She was told she would have to write a letter..which the lady has done. Does that tell you there is something wrong with this case? You people in Camden County better wake up and smell the roses before you find yourself in the same position that Dennis is in. He isn't asking to be released. Just for a FAIR trial!!

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