ARLINGTON, Ga. — A state of Georgia audit of a program meant to help feed underprivileged youths during the summer, suggests more than $30,000 was misspent, including undocumented payments to the town’s mayor and clerk.
The audit, which was commissioned by “Bright from the Start,” Georgia’s department of Early Care and Learning, reviewed program documents from fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and found “unallowable costs and inaccurate claims in all periods reviewed.”
The auditors noted that, in addition to the fact that in June alone the number of meals the group served during the month was exaggerated by more than 4,000, Mayor Marvin King and City Clerk Mary King — no relation — received undocumented payments or payments that weren’t properly signed.
The auditors are recommending a more comprehensive review of the total program “to determine all pending unallowable costs.”
Stacy Moore, director of public relations for the state’s Department of Early Care and Learning, said there is an ongoing investigation into the Arlington Summer food program and wouldn’t comment further.
According to the audit, the program misspent a total of $3,890 in fiscal year 2010, including “unallowable” labor costs, which included payments of $800 to Marvin King and $550 to Mary King.
In FY 2011, the audit notes that more than $26,000 in unallowable expenses were found, including improperly filed paperwork, incomplete or missing timesheets, documents filed without proper signatures, payments to unidentified employees, overpayments and costs paid above what was budgeted.