Butkovitz audit finds $92,000 in uncashed jury checks

    In yet another audit from Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz, we learn today that the city has $91,882 in uncashed jury checks that never made it to the Unclaimed Monies Fund.

    Here’s what that process is supposed to look like: jury payroll checks that go uncashed for more than a year should be transferred to the UMF. But the audit found that doesn’t always happen, sometimes happens late and is done on archaic adding machine tapes.

    “Not following the required accounting procedures increases the risk that uncashed jury payroll funds will not be forwarded to the state in a timely manner as required by law,” Butkovitz said of the finding. “It also increases the risk that funds will never be returned to former jurors, who performed their civil duty, but may have forgotten to cash their checks.”

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