City council uncovers financial discrepancies in golf course aud - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City council uncovers financial discrepancies in golf course audit

(WMC-TV) – Significant discrepancies involved tens of thousands of dollars have been uncovered in an audit of golf courses in the city of Memphis that was two years in the making.

Tuesday morning Memphis City Council leaders will go over the findings and ask those in charge for answers and accountability.

An Action News 5 investigation revealed sky high expenses at a number of city golf courses including Links at Whitehaven City Golf Course, numbers that Memphis City Council leaders questioned in 2012.

In 2012, Edmund Ford Jr., said, "This information needed to come out."

Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. says he requested the audit when he saw lines from the Whitehaven golf course like, a 152 percent jump in the "rent" category; from $64,000 in 2011 to more than $161,000 in 2012.

Ford got his hands on the audit just last week.

He said, "Reading the 32-page report there were inconsistencies as low as $30 to as high as $64,000."

Some of the inconsistencies cited in the city's golf courses audit uncovered problems in a number of different areas, such as:

  • Accountability
  • Procedures
  • Accuracy
  • Inventory
  • Information Technology (IT)

It also wasn't just one golf course with the problems, but courses across the board.

Janet Hooks in September of 2012 said, "I don't really want to point fingers. What I would like to do is, I would like this to have some type of resolve."

The person with oversight over the golf courses is Hooks; she's expected to be at City hall Tuesday morning to answer to the audit's findings.

Action News 5 has been unable to reach her for comment on the audit.

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