Tracking down missed payments at Philadelphia sheriff’s office

The new leadership at the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office says it doesn’t know why money from property sales have not been forwarded to the state. 


It’s been about four years since the Sheriff’s office has sent money to the state of Pennsylvania from unclaimed proceeds from Sheriff’s sales.  New Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Vignola says he is trying to figure out where the money is and exactly how much is owed.


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“To that extent I had a discussion with a representative of the state treasurer informed him of the steps we are taking to do it and that we would have a report to him sooner rather than later,” said Vignola.


Vignola, a former city controller, says this is all a part of a financial review of the sheriff’s office that he began after taking office last week.


“It’s not going to be done overnight, but it is going to be done.”


The City Controller is also working on a forensic audit of the Sheriff’s Department.

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