Another day, another example of how woefully mismanaged the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is.
Inmate trust accounts controlled by the Milwaukee County sheriff’s office are hundreds of thousands of dollars out of whack, and accounting shortcomings are so severe the books can’t be reconciled, according to an audit released Thursday.
“Because of the condition of the accounts, it is not possible to tell if there’s any money missing,” county Auditor Jerome Heer said. His report says the inmate trust accounts were “virtually un-auditable.”
Auditors found a bank balance $420,000 higher than it should be when compared with the sheriff’s computerized records on inmate trust funds last March, the report states.
Jon Priebe, who retired in July as fiscal manager for the sheriff’s office, said the $420,000 was unclaimed inmate funds that the sheriff’s office had not yet turned over to the county treasurer.
Auditors also found $962,000 on the sheriff’s books in individual inmate account balances from before 2010. It couldn’t be determined what portion of that might still be owed to released inmates, the report says.