Comptroller Reveals 11 Findings on Quebradillas Operations
SAN JUAN – An audit by the Puerto Rico Comptroller’s Office highlighted 11 findings related to purchases, disbursements, works, claims and collections at the municipality of Quebradillas.
One of the findings involved the hiring of a person, for $365,012, to perform engineering functions without being authorized to practice in Puerto Rico. The president of the Engineers & Land Surveyors Association (CIAPR by its Spanish initials) was informed to take appropriate action. The investigation is still pending.
The report notes that a low-income housing apartment was built in the municipality, for $432,960, without obtaining a building permit from the Permits & Endorsements Management Office (OGPe by its Spanish acronym) before hiring and construction began. The report also said the municipality leased a mansion-like property for social and public interest events, without permission from the OGPe
Auditors identified shortcomings related to proof of disbursements and receipts, the purchase of goods without appraisals, the purchase of heavy equipment outside of Puerto Rico without supplier warranties or written orders, and payments for survey and construction services without formalizing written contracts.
The audit’s special comments section indicates that, as of Dec. 31, 2014, eight civil claims for $3 million, a $6,000 fine imposed by the Solid Waste Authority and nine appeals before the Human Resources Administration were still pending.
The comptroller’s opinion was favorable, with exceptions, and covered the period from July 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014.
The report is available at www.ocpr.gov.pr.