Pinal County Audit Committee meets July 23; to discuss fraud-hotline data

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Posted 7/22/20

An update on a fraud and complaints hotline is to be discussed at the July 23 meeting of the Pinal County Audit Committee.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pinal County …

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Pinal County Audit Committee meets July 23; to discuss fraud-hotline data

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An update on a fraud and complaints hotline is to be discussed at the July 23 meeting of the Pinal County Audit Committee.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pinal County Administrative Complex’s Ironwood Conference Room, 135 N. Pinal St. in Florence.

Pinal County established and maintains a fraud reporting hotline for citizens or public officials to report incidents of perceived fraud or workplace malfeasance, according to a county document.

Responsibility for monitoring of the fraud hotline has been delegated to Pinal County’s Internal Audit Department. Fraud incidents reported via telephone or through online submission on the county website are electronically routed to internal audit for review and follow-up, if applicable, to satisfy governmental auditing standards, it states.

Ten reports have been received in 2020 --- two on human resources, one on county management, one on the recorder’s office and six reported as “not applicable,” which was defined as “any reported incident that is unfounded in nature, nonsensical or incomplete or does not identify a specific county department.”

Also on the July 23 agenda is:

  • Introduction of new audit committee members --- Himanshu Patel, deputy county manager; Lori Pruitt, interim finance director; and Angele Ozoemelam, City of Casa Grande finance manager.
  • Discussion on committee leadership terms, upcoming vote discussion and open audit committee position.
  • Discussion of the annual review of audit committee charter.
  • Discussion of the proposed risk assessment and audit plan report prior to presentation to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in August.
  • Discussion of a proposed audit follow-up report prior to presentation to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors in August.
  • A closed-door executive session for legal advice on progress for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act procedures performed to date and proposed next steps.

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