Money Missing from Rescue Squad Accounts

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

A preliminary audit conducted earlier this year found that the Adair County Rescue Squad had generated more than $500,000 in revenue from its licensed bingo games during 2004 and the first part of 2005.

Under state law, a minimum of 40 percent of that money, or roughly $200,000, should have gone directly to the operations of the Rescue Squad.

As of last Thursday, the squad was $8,000 in debt and had only $900 in the bank.

"The $201,000 funds were misrepresented to pay bills. The Office of Gaming Commission has a set limit of where the bills are supposed to be paid."

The remaining 60 percent of the money raised is supposed to cover the expenses of operating the bingo parlor.

Roberts says almost all the money ended up going to maintain the parlor and to pay the janitorial staff.

She says the bookkeeper during that time failed to keep proper books records and that the money went unaccounted for.

There are also no books to account for that time frame, which led to the re-voking of the Rescue Squad's bingo license.

"The audit report gave us a discrepancy where bookkeeping was lacking. All of this has done been changed. It has been changed. Numerous other items have that they've requested have been changed."

Roberts says its important that Adair County citizens know that none of the misdirected money came from taxpayers, only bingo patrons.

She says they have also not had to ask for any tax money to make up for the lost money.

She also says the rescue squad is anxiously awaiting the final report.

"The final report letting us know where the discrepancies were found. Whether there was money missing or not and how it can be changed."

Roberts has the squad has since made up for some of the misdirected money through calendar sales.

She says they will also try to have their bingo license re-instated as soon as the final audit is completed.

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