State Attorney Submitting Century Financial Information To Florida’s Auditor General

March 26, 2019

The State Attorney’s Office is providing documents related to the financial condition of Century to Florida’s Auditor General.

“We recommend this matter be brought to the attention of the State Auditor General’s Office and that forensic financial audits be done for the past five years,” a recent grand jury report stated. The grand jury also found Century is in a state of financial emergency.

But so far, the town has not self-reported their poor financial condition to the Auditor General, and no mention of the state audit recommendation was made by town leaders at a recent council meeting.

“We are in the process of providing the grand jury report and information to the Auditor General,” Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille said Monday afternoon.

“Although the Auditor General has the authority to audit local governments, such as towns, these audits are typically conducted at the direction of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee,” Mike Gomez, audit manager for the Florida Auditor General, told NorthEscambia.com in an email. The Auditor General is a reporting agency and has no enforcement authority, according to Gomez, and he said the town “may be responsible for paying the cost of the audit.” Any findings would be referred to an appropriate agency.

The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee has not been asked by the town to review their finances.

Earlier this month, the grand jury found the Town of Century lost over $1 million in utility accounts in just two years, can’t account for over 40 percent of their natural gas, made loans not revealed on audits for 14 years, improperly borrowed about $3 million from accounts with a 750-year payback plan, and is a state of financial emergency.

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Cantonment Man Charged With Accepting Paychecks After Being Terminated From His Job

March 26, 2019

A Cantonment was charged with felony grand theft after he allegedly continued to accept payment from his employer after he was terminated.

Joshua Asberry Kersh, 28, lost his job on November 23, 2017, but continued to “knowingly and unlawfully accept compensation from his employer,” according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The employer discovered the error and contacted Kersh, who allegedly first declined to repay the money.

Documents show Kersh was mistakenly paid $5,850, with $4,788.37 deposited into his account after withholdings.

The arrest report states Kersh later  agreed to repay the amount by February 28, 2019, at which time he offered to pay $2,500 and $1 per day until the debt was paid. The employer declined the offer and opted to pursue charges.

Kersh was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Florida Special Olympics Torch Run Begins In Century

March 25, 2019

The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Florida Special Olympics began in Century Monday morning and continued in Pensacola.

The torch run started at the Florida/Alabama state line Monday morning. Runners from Century Correctional Institution with an escort from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office carried the torch down Highway 29 to the Century Chamber of Commerce. An addition leg of the torch run Monday was set from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to Bartram Park.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Statewide, the participating chiefs, officers, sheriffs, deputies, agents and cadets from virtually every branch of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement, represent a total of over 300 different agencies. Funds are generated through the sale of the popular Torch Run T-shirts and hats, and through various local fundraising events.

The Florida Special Olympics State Summer Games begin May 17 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

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