BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is butting heads with the County Comptroller, who claims the county's gas card system is rife with mismanagement.
Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says every county department uses the GasBoy system to some extent to fill county cars with gas at county pumps.
"There are still little checks and balances over county gasoline and how they're used in county cars," he said.
The workers have to have a special key and have to know certain four digit codes to do use the system. Mychajliw says the problem is that 22 percent of those codes and keys are assigned to the incorrect department or division, and 155 Erie County workers are using codes not assigned to them. Some of them are still under names of former workers or even fired county workers.
"The system is very vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse because there's only one person overseeing the entire system, hundreds of gas cards for Erie County," Mychajliw argued.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he's disappointed but not surprised that the Comptroller delivered his latest audit to the media before allowing his office to review it.
"I'm disappointed though not surprised that after the Comptroller agreed that he would allow us to review the final audit and offer a statement in [the audit before sending it to the media]. He didn't, but I will state for the record, Erie County doesn't issue gas cards," Poloncarz said.
Not gas cards, per se, but the Gasboy system is distributed through the Department of Public Works Fleet Services.
Mychajliw said, "We found the director who was in charge of our cards, their desk was in a wide open area of the Rath Building. We notified the administration and they actually immediately took steps to make sure this person was in a locked and secure office."
Even though this audit revealed the potential for abuse, it may not be happening. This audit also found that gas consumption from the county pumps is actually down by 16 percent from the previous year.
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