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Fuel Audit Complete

The Office of the Auditor General released a Report today entitled "Special Report of the Auditor General on Internal Audit's Report on Fuel Card Usage and Management".

This report discusses the findings of an Internal Audit review of the use of fuel cards within five government entities. This report found numerous issues of poor control within the process of distributing fuel to government agencies.

The Office of the Auditor General noted that "The lack of effective controls, the ineffectiveness of management review and the high number of suspicious transactions are all red flags of possible fraud in a system of fuel disbursement. This, along with the high number of people who should have not had access to the system, led the Office of the Auditor General to conclude that there was a very high probability that there has been significant fraud in the government fuel distribution system.

It is impossible to determine the exact amount of possible fraud, but the Office of the Auditor General has estimated that as much as $500,000 of fuel annually may be used for non-governmental purposes.

The Office of the Auditor General has recommended that the government review its policies and controls over fuel distribution to ensure that fuel is used for governmental purposes only.

This document, which has been distributed to all members of the Legislative Assembly, is available for public review. Copies can be obtained at the Office of the Auditor General, 3rd Floor, Anderson Square, or it may be accessed through the Cayman Islands Government website at www.gov.ky.