Audit finds discrepancy in economical documents at Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

BOSTON (WWLP) – The point out Auditor Suzanne M. Bump’s office environment has issued a report of their results soon after auditing the Office of Customer Affairs and Business enterprise Regulation (OCABR) from July 1, 2017 by means of June 30, 2019.

You can discover the complete audit report right here.

The audit uncovered failures in the reconciliation of fiscal data and the collection of charges that may well have price the condition up to $196,426. The report outlined issues with revenue reporting that resulted in a discrepancy displaying a shortage of $95,026.

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Bump’s audit confirmed OCABR did not reconcile income info in its economic information to the info in its house improvement contractor (HIC) registration databases and to the details in the state’s accounting method, the Massachusetts Administration Accounting and Reporting Procedure (MMARS). When reconciling the information and facts in between these units, auditors discovered the earnings OCABR recorded in MMARS was $95,026 decrease than what it recorded in its interior HIC process, which could symbolize a loss of funds. An interior investigation by OCABR was unable to find the cause and has contacted the Legal professional General’s Office for even further investigation.

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The audit also found OCABR did not gather up to $101,400 in HIC registration and Residential Contractor’s Warranty Fund (RCGF) costs from contractors. Auditors uncovered 676 circumstances in which the company allowed contractors to pay out a $100 cost to renew their licenses even although the charge was paid a lot more than 30 times past the expiration day of their present registration. These late contractors really should have as an alternative paid a cost of $250, which contains a reapplication price of $150 and a $100 price into the Residential Contractor’s Warranty Fund.