Compton Finance Dept under siege
When it rains it pours. Compton city hall is under attack and quite possibly by a former, disgruntled employee. The world was apprised of the city treasurers and controllers office failure to have internal controls over taxpayers money and the continuance of operating outside of the publics view. City employees are now reporting the IT department also has some explaining to do. Should businesses and residents be concerned about a breech of their financial data? Finance employees tell 2 Urban Girls they have been locked out of their finance software since the arrest of a colleague in the treasurers department.
Issues with the finance department’s handling of taxpayer dollars dates back to the Bradley administration. Sources close to the ongoing Bradley case state admissions were made under oath about improprieties in how the treasurer’s office handled cash.
Former Compton city clerk, Charles Davis, who is the longest-serving elected official in the city, at one time was the owner of record of “First Choice Travel”. While serving as clerk, Davis arranged the travel for Compton elected officials through his agency.
Court transcripts are said to reflect an admission that the travel was paid in cash by the city treasurer. No records exist of the transactions and city council agendas posted on the city’s website, only date back to 2008. This has been a serious thorn in the side of the district attorney’s office since much of the testimony hinges on evidence submitted by Davis & Sanders.
The city clerk’s office has boxes of files that have not been microfiched or cataloged, which becomes troublesome when making public records requests and seeking historical data of transactions.
This notion was corroborated decades later when Mayor Aja Brown shared with LA Times “the city is unaware of how long the money has been embezzled or exactly how much was taken”. This coincides with the continued lack of disclosure of check warrants on the regular city council agendas. No one has any idea how much money is leaving out of 205 S. Willowbrook Ave. and to whom it is going.
The city has is said to have retained auditing firm, Vasquez & Co LLP, to audit the books but two huge problems exist.
One, the city didn’t put the auditing services out to bid so who authorized their services?
Two, it was confirmed by the City Clerk’s office and treasurer employees, that the Finance department server was hijacked, mysteriously the day after Sheriff’s deputies hauled Salvador Galvan out of city hall and is being held ransom for an undisclosed sum. City Hall insiders allege the culprit is a recently fired employee who never had their credentials deleted from the system. If so, they have yet to be caught and/or identified.
City Hall maintains the deputy city treasurer admitted to the theft and if that’s correct, should the city be suing EVERY auditor, for the entire duration of Galvan’s employment, for failure to discover the theft?
City of Pasadena has filed a lawsuit against auditing firm, Hoffman Meyer when an employee embezzled millions from the Public Works department.
Residents are whispering about possible collusion between the former city clerk and current city treasurer.
The revolving door of city controllers is dizzying, which leaves only ONE consistent person handling the city’s money, for the last two decades, which is city treasurer Douglas Sanders.
Salvador Galvan will appear in a Compton courtroom December 30 to answer charges.