Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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August 28, 2013

State audit sharply critical of county jail

Aug. 28, 2013 — The annual audit of county government found 11 instances of non-compliance at the Carter County Detention Center.

More than 2,000 missing electronic cigarettes and questions about a possible conflict of interest were the most notable flags for CCDC and Jailer R. W. Boggs.

According to the auditor's report, the sale of e-cigarettes to inmates is not handled by the jail's third party canteen vendor. Auditors observed no inventory system for the e-cigarettes.

A surprise inventory of the e-cigarettes revealed 2,156 unaccounted for e-cigarettes- which translates to $17,916 in missing commissary money.

During the audit inventory, Boggs told auditors that he knew of no one locally who sold e-cigarettes.

However, during their field work, auditors were made aware that the jailer's wife had sold e-cigarettes to jails in surrounding counties—a fact which Boggs later verified.

Boggs told the auditors that the missing e-cigarettes had been found but on a second surprise inventory, 1,699 were still unaccounted for.

The auditors recommended that inventory be properly maintained and for missing inventory to be investigated. The report said the matter had been turned over to the AG's office and the Kentucky State Police.

Carter Judge-Executive Charles Wallace did not respond to the jail issues raised by the auditors.

In his response, Boggs said that defunct or damaged e-cigarettes had not been kept by the detention center.

In reference to the selling of e-cigarettes to other counties by his wife, Boggs stated that he had chosen not to purchase from her in order to maintain "strong ethical standards" at the jail.

Boggs said that the inventory policy did need to be more stringent although he believes the jail is not in any violation because the county has no inventory policy.

"There can be no violation or misrepresentation of an inventory standard in a county that does not have an approved inventory policy," Boggs stated in his response. "Therefore we will go above and beyond our county's established policy and utilize a higher standard."

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