May. 30, 2019
— Troubled by findings in Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s review
of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC) operations, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) today called for additional oversight of the commission.
“Criticism of lack of transparency of accounts is absolutely warranted. To not even know what accounts exist, let alone not know how much is in each account, is a recipe for disaster. Open opportunity for theft and malfeasance of funds must be ended,” Gregory said. “Checks sitting for weeks before being deposited is clearly a sign that this organization does not view these funds as important, while it was continuing to ask the General Assembly for increases in funding.”
On Thursday, DePasquale released the results of a three-year financial audit of the PGC in which he found that the commission is sitting on $72.8 million, plus seven escrow accounts that the PGC’s chief financial officer did not know even existed.
Gregory said the report provides a clear view into the workings of the Game Commission and how it values the hunters it is supposed to represent.
Gregory thanked his colleague, Rep. Dave Maloney (R-Berks), and DePasquale for their work on the audit. He encouraged all hunting enthusiasts to watch the press conference and read the report, which are linked from RepGregory.com
“I want hunters to understand the magnitude of how this audit brings to light many of the concerns those in my district have been voicing for years,” he said.
To view the press conference, click here
Representative Jim Gregory
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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