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  • Museum board opts for forensic audit

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  • The board of directors for the Greater Southwest Historical Museum gave their approval during a meeting last week for a forensic audit.
    The museum had notified the Ardmore Police Department in March there were some discrepancies. The department, in turn, gave the museum a list of information needed in order to pursue an investigation.
    “We are currently gathering the information requested and looking to determine what needs to be submitted,” said Cary Williamson, board chairman.
    Williamson said the board determined an audit was something it wanted to pursue, and placed interim director Nicki Wood in charge of finding an auditor. He also said Wood is getting the information requested by the department.
    Wood said the museum has hired Jackson & Fox PC, which is located in Ardmore. She added the audit would begin as soon as she had things ready, and there were files that needed to be pulled before it could begin.
    Williamson said the board was hopeful the cost of the audit would be within $20,000 to $30,000. Among the information the museum is gathering is previous inventory that has been filed, as well as current inventory. He said the museum is going about the business of integrating past information and assimilating it into the new computer system.
    “The museum has several different cataloging systems and we have received new computers,” Williamson said. “So bringing them all together has been somewhat difficult.”
    In minutes recorded from a board meeting in March, discrepancies were linked to former director Michael Anderson. Wood also provided a report which indicated files were unorganized and there was an investigation into finances ranging from 2007 to the present.
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