Saturday, October 5, 2019

City of Baldwin Park Audited After Seven Years of Corruption Reporting

by Banksy
Modified by me
California's State Controller's Office is auditing California's books, after seven years of reporting, which started in July of 2013 with Parks and Recreation Director Manuel Carrillo Jr. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune - the Controller's Office was auditing the City for the following reasons:
  • Increasing operating deficits 
  • Deficit fund balances reported in the city’s financial statements 
  • Expenditures in excess of what is budgeted in the city’s general fund and other funds 
  • Lack of physical inventory of capital assets performed 
“In light of the conditions above, we will conduct an investigation to validate the information that is required to be filed with our office,” wrote Efren Loste, bureau chief for the Local Government Audits Bureau. He said the investigation would include a review and evaluation of the city’s internal control system, focusing on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years.

In August of 2018, Legal Lens exposed how the Finance Director, Rose Tam, was cooking the books.

The Tribune asks the question whether this is related to West Valley Water Board's audit, which is a separate agency in Riverside County. Linkage exists because three of the City of Baldwin Park's brass also works or has worked at West Valley Water. These players are fired Baldwin Park's Police Chief and current water board Member - Michael Taylor; Baldwin Park's City Attorney and West Valley Water's General Counsel, Robert Tafoya; and Baldwin Park Council Member Ricardo Pacheco - who allegedly has been fired from his position as assistant general manager at West Valley Water.

Another way of asking the Tribune's question is asking whether Tafoya, Taylor, and Pacheco learned how to skim taxpayer money from Baldwin Park and then play the same tricks at another agency, in this case, West Valley Water. I would think so. Zebras never change their stripes.

More reporting to come later.

In the meantime, here's the Tribune article - State controller auditing Baldwin Park for budget deficits, excessive spending.

Manuel Carrillo Jr.,
Parks and Recreation Director, also
money launderer of nonprofit corporation
Baldwin Park Community Center Corporation

Ricardo Pacheco,
Baldwin Park City Council Member and
former assistant general manager of West Valley Water Board
Robert Nacionales-Tafoya, 
counsel for City of Baldwin Park and West Valley Water Board
Michael Taylor,
Twice fired Baldwin Park Police Chief,
and West Valley Water Board Member.

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