Hampton City Council to receive cigarette audit report Wednesday
HAMPTON, Feb 23, 2013 (Daily Press (Newport News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The City Council is scheduled to publicly discuss a report expected to detail the accounting of an undercover cigarette operation during a meeting being held Wednesday afternoon.
The city of Hampton hired the accounting firm Cherry, Bekaert & Holland and attorney Bill Hefty to audit the operation's accounting books and to review the policies, procedures and oversight provided for the cigarette company created and operated by police.
More than $4 million flowed through the fictitious company's books during its 19 months in operation, but no arrests were made. Some of the money was used for a fleet of eight new cars and SUVs, out-of-town trips by officers to New York, Las Vegas and other cities, and electronics, according to a Daily Press review of receipts associated with the operation.
Charles "Chuck" Jordan, who was Hampton's police chief for eight years and had 34 years with the city, resigned in November, about a month after he was put on paid administrative leave as the city conducted an internal investigation into an undercover cigarette sting.
Financial practices in the operation were lax, both the Daily Press and internal city reviews have found, with several city rules pertaining to expenditures and financial oversight not followed in the operation.
The audit is scheduled to be discussed during a meeting being held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 8th floor City Council chambers at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St.
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