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Audit Finds Management Deficiencies at Franklin Co. Superior Court

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BOSTON (WGGB) — A state audit has reportedly found management deficiencies at the Franklin County Superior Court.

According to the Office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump, the Probation office at the Franklin County Superior Court allegedly waived a probationers’ monthly supervision fee, in exchange for community service.

That decision was left to probation officers and offenders, rather than the judge which is required.

The state adds that when that community service was performed, probation officers did not have a consistent tracking method to record the amount of that service.

“As a result, probationers may not be complying with the terms of their sentence and the Commonwealth may not be receiving fees to which it is entitled,” Bump’s office says in a statement.

The court was also did not consistently conduct periodic indigence reassessments to determine eligibility for those who got public legal aid, as well as did not issue notifications to other state agencies, like the RMV, when someone was overdue on paying court-ordered legal fees.

The audit also found that the Probation Office reportedly didn’t keep a complete inventory of furniture and equipment, which had a historical estimated cost of $52,682.

Bump’s office does explain that there have been some improvements at the court since it was last reviewed in 2006. Among those include an internal control plan, monthly revenue reconciliations, and the Probation office has improved cash handling policies.

You can CLICK HERE to read the complete report.


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