AP audit calls San Antonio nonprofit’s financial controls into question

A series of recent accounts payable audits have uncovered instances of duplicate invoicing and financial mismanagement within a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit workforce development program known as Project Quest, according to the San Antonio Express.

The audits uncovered $700,000 worth of debt to bookstores and colleges in the area, as well as incomplete or unsubstantiated invoices submitted to the city for reimbursement.

Three of the institutions – Alamo Colleges, L&M Bookstores, and Baptist Health System – are refusing to work with the job training program until the debts are repaid, the news source reports.

Project Quest executive director Mary Pena said members of staff would be meeting with city officials in an effort to iron out the invoicing problems.

"It could be our bookkeeping problem, it could be their bookkeeping problem," she told the newspaper. "We would not falsify invoices. It would be a human error."

Conducting regular AP audits can help organizations identify duplicate payments and other irregularities that may affect their bottom line.

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