Amsterdam Housing Authority cited in state audit
The now-retired executive director of the Amsterdam Housing Authority reimbursed himself for travel expenses without proper oversight, according to an audit recently released by the state Comptroller’s Office.
A copy of the audit is available below.
Before his retirement earlier this month, Richard Miller was in charge of auditing reimbursement claims.
Before cutting checks for travel and other expenses, the audit report said Miller would check to make sure the claims were actually valid. Essentially he made sure people weren’t using housing authority dollars to go on vacation. The problem was, many of those travel expenses were his own.
“Since he has a direct interest in these payments, his objectivity and independence is compromised while conducting the audit of these particular claims,” the report said.
Auditors dug into the Housing Authority’s use of funds from Jan. 1, 2011, to Nov. 30, 2012, including nearly $15,000 spent on travel. While the audit report recommends increased oversight, it found no misuse of funds by Miller.
“Except for limited, immaterial issues that we addressed with Authority officials,” the report read, “the claims were properly supported and for appropriate Authority purposes.”
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Michael Dayian, chairman of the Housing Authority’s board, doesn’t view the audit as a negative thing.
“This wasn’t a case of wrongdoing,” he said. “It was just a procedural thing to make sure there’s no wrongdoing in the future.”
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