A Detroit police officer was recently suspended from her job at the Southwest District of the Detroit Police Department after an accounts payable audit uncovered evidence that she had embezzled more than $70,000 over a period of three-and-a-half years, according to WXYZ-TV.
Officer Kim Mosby Colbert, who was in charge of timekeeping at the district, misappropriated taxpayer funds via a scheme that involved turning in an overtime sheet with several hours to the District Commander. Subsequent to the approval of the hours, she would alter the time sheet to reflect a larger number of hours worked before sending it to the payroll department, the news source explains.
Mosby Colbert, who denies the charges, had been operating the scheme since 2008, but it remained undiscovered until a new commander ordered a financial audit of the district. Auditors flagged the amount of overtime that she was claiming – which worked out to an average of nearly $20,000 per year – as excessive, and an Internal Affairs investigation was ordered.
Conducting routine accounts payable audits on an annual, quarterly or even monthly basis can identify fund misappropriation before it spirals out of control.