EAST POINT, Ga. -- A number of financial documents reported missing by a recent audit have been located, according to an official with the City of East Point.
The official, speaking anonymously because he is not authorized to talk publicly on the subject, told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that a number of boxes were found in the city's storage warehouse.
The official said the documents will be turned over to the city's forensic auditor, who is investigating the findings of his original audit.
It was not immediately clear how many boxes were located or how many of the documents were found.
A city spokesman confirmed the warehouse belongs to the City of East Point, but could not confirm whether the boxes were inside.
In July, a forensic audit of the city revealed large holes in the East Point's financial records, including nearly $200 million dollars spent with no paperwork to account for it.
Statement regarding the Council Initiated Investigation:
"The City has continued to receive inquiries requesting follow-up information from the council-initiated investigation reported during the July 1, 2013 Council Meeting. After receipt of the report, City Council directed the City Attorney and Mark Felton of Felton Forensics to further investigate several findings, and this process is ongoing. As was stated in the City's press release of July 2, 2013 the City takes the findings from the investigation very seriously and any findings that appear to arise to the level of a crime will be reported to the authorities.
By way of an update, the City did locate missing boxes for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010 approximately one week after the report was delivered and Mr. Felton has confirmed that these boxes contain the pertinent accounts payable files that he was looking for to audit. Additionally, with respect to the alleged "missing" $200 million dollars from January 2000 through the end of December 2012, this is an incorrect characterization. As clearly stated in the Report from January 2000 through the end of December 2012 "almost $200 Million in City purchases did not have a purchase order." This does not translate to there is no documentation to support the purchases, nor does it translate to mean the City does not know to whom the purchases were made, what goods or services were purchased or when such purchases were made. The finding is responsive to the City Council's request that the investigation determine whether City Employees are complying with the City's Contract and Procurement laws, which require a purchase order for every purchase of goods and services.
In closing, this is an investigation that City Council initiated in October 2012. It has taken nine months to get to this point as these investigations take time. City Council will continue this investigation through its completion and will cooperate with the authorities with respect to any inquiries. To protect the integrity of the investigation, there will be no further comments or update until it is completed."