The annual auditor's report, which for the first time scrutinized spending at the energy utilities, hospitals, school boards and the Children's Aid Society, uncovered millions in expenses that neither public employees nor their managers could account for.
Staff at Hydro One, the massive transmission utility, purchased $127 million worth of goods and services using corporate charge cards, but McCarter found few credit card slips or paperwork to justify those charges.
One senior executive at Hydro One had his secretary charge $50,000 to her card -- even though most of the items purchased were for his use -- then signed off on the charges himself. Other staff wrote cheques on their charge card accounts totalling $41.2 million, McCarter found.
Ontario Power Generation staff failed to produce any receipts to support $6.5 million in expenditures, but a spokesman said just because there were no receipts doesn't mean they were improper expenditures.
Managers at OPG also spent $300,000 for gifts, and $120,000 on gift certificates, for employees. The gifts included 40 leather jackets at $500 each, which were given out in recognition of five-year safety records. Source...