LOGAN, W.Va. — State auditor J.B. McCuskey has announced a forensic audit of accounts operated by the Logan County Board of Education.
President of the Logan County Board of Education Paul Hardesty opened remarks on the subject saying, “When this board was seated July 5, 2016, we took on many challenges which have been well-documented in the press, the media and throughout Logan County. There are investigations pending and ongoing. We won’t talk about that this evening, but we, as a board, collectively decided that we owe a fiduciary responsibility to voters of this county and the tax payers of this county who are our employers…We are entrusted to take care of their tax dollars. I have asked auditor McCuskey and his staff, at the behest of this board, to do a forensic audit of certain accounts that we choose.”
Hardesty noted the number of the board’s financial instruments made a full forensic audit a difficult prospect, but he noted the board will turn over questionable accounts to the auditor.
McCuskey explained, “I’m the auditor of West Virginia not Charleston. It’s important for us to be where we are needed.. It’s not a secret that times aren’t great. A bad economy is probably the greatest predictor of fraud and tax payer abuse. So, we are happy to do our part to make sure the money that’s supposed to be going to the kids in Logan County is going where it is supposed to be.”
The forensic audit marks the start of the second investigation into the Logan County Board of Education.
On August 3, 2016, the board announced they were under investigation by the Commission on Special Investigations in Charleston, W.Va.
The investigation reportedly involves alleged financial misconduct by Logan County’s former superintendent Phyllis Doty.
Doty allegedly spent more than $4,800 of the board’s money on items for her son’s wedding.
McCuskey ended his comments on the matter saying, “I wish I didn’t have to be here, but I’m happy to do it. I assure you, our findings will be thorough, accurate and timely.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]