V'ville audit findings show poor financial controls

According to the audit, McCartney also was reimbursed for 46 meals, totaling over $4,200, each lacking the documentation about who attended and why the meal was necessary.

While attending a conference in Rochester with three board members, it was discovered McCartney charged $770 for meals on one day. The federal reimbursement rate for meals in Rochester is $47 per person per day or $188 for the four officials.

Additionally, McCartney documented that three of his seven trips to Syracuse were necessary because of meetings held in the city. The associations that purportedly held the meetings told auditors that no records of these meetings existed. The district was charged $1,100 for mileage reimbursement and meals for those trips.

The audit found that district credit card and reimbursement claims that were submitted by McCartney for 10 overnight stays on seven separate occasions at Turning Stone Casino in Oneida County cost the district nearly $1,300.

On at least one night, it was in the district's best interest for McCartney to stay closer to the event he was attending in Potsdam instead of driving the 166 miles back to the casino hotel. In this instance, the audit found that McCartney billed the district for the additional mileage. The cost of two nights at the casino exceeded the federal reimbursement rate by $224.

The Voorheesville Board of Education had a long-term and trusting relationship with former Superintendent of Schools Alan M. McCartney that now appears to have been violated, said Superintendent Linda Langevin in a statement. "The district is seeking full restitution from Dr. McCartney for contract violations and unauthorized expenditures."

In light of the new findings, criminal charges against McCartney from the Albany County District Attorney's office are under review, said spokeswoman Rachel McEneny.

The district attorney decided to not pursue criminal charges following a review of the January audit.

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