Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

Annual county financial audits since 2008 failed to uncover at least $600,000 in losses involving loose handling of cash and other accounting failures at the Wake County Register of Deeds office, county officials say.

The county apparently chose not to perform a more specific audit of the Register of Deeds office, even though officials could have: state law requires at least an annual audit for any county office that deals with money or taxes.

The county Board of Commissioners will discuss the matter at a two p.m. work session Monday, with one question sure to emerge: Why did no one catch the apparent ongoing thefts during annual audits under the direction of county financial staff?…

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