Health district audit uncovers financial problems

LAS VEGAS - Independent auditors have uncovered serious financial irregularities within the Southern Nevada Health District.

At a special meeting of the health district board Thursday, the auditors explained some of the problems they uncovered, including hundreds of thousands of dollars transferred from the general fund without approval.

They also found that the district's bank records had not been checked for a full year, in part because of staff shortages within the accounting department.

Employees of the district have long complained that they are severely understaffed, are often forced to work double shifts or else be disciplined, but even with extra overtime, they have been unable to keep up.  

In the past year, one finance employee died of a heart attack. A week later, the next person in line resigned, and then employees hired to replace them quit because of the pressure.

Board members expressed disgust and dismay at the ongoing problems exposed by the audit and wondered why the district director Dr. Joe Iser didn't seem to know about it.
 


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