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The Bottom Line: Rensselaer County theft investigation

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:17 PM EDT
CBS6 Staff
RENSSELAER COUNTY-- It appears the internal fraud went deeper than investigators thought.
Brenda Kennedy was arrested last July for allegedly bilking nearly $75,000 from Rensselaer County, when she worked as a medical billing clerk.
However, a probe by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli revealed that she made off with more than $208,000 from January 2007 to May 2012.
The audit found that County officials did not oversee her duties by reviewing accounting records.
But the Comptroller's Office says the county has since changed its practices to make sure it does not happen again.
"Well, you're supposed to have checks and balances in place, you're supposed to have the work of one employee act as a check on another employee," said Steve Hancox, the New York State Deputy Comptroller.  "We made some recommendations to them to separate the duties...make sure there are more people involved with it, and do the proper reconcilation and supervisory views that are necessary."
The Comptroller's Office said that it performed tests in the county after Kennedy was removed, and found that transactions were being handled properly.The Bottom Line: Rensselaer County theft investigation


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