The State Auditor has released the Madison County annual financial audit for the year ending September 30, 2012, that shows, among other things, checks were written without sufficient funds.

In this audit the county was found to have numerous officials who were not properly bonded including the tax assessor, tax collector, justice court clerk, receiving clerk and inventory clerk. Also, checks were signed without sufficient funds in the bank and password strength on county computers needed to be improved.

"These audits are designed to identify and correct any financial and compliance issues found within the county," State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. "I appreciate the cooperation and courtesy extended by the officials and employees of Madison County throughout the audit."

The audit, which was completed by the Office of the State Auditor, was performed pursuant to Section 7-7-211(e), Mississippi Code Ann. (1972). The audit was performed in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

The full audit can be accessed here.