207 payments checked by KPMG were declared to be not duplicate or fictitious payments, the auditor confirmed in its latest monthly progress report on the Workers’ Party Aljunied Hougang Town Council.
The 207 payments, which amounted to S$271,598.20, were “supported by documentation relating to purchase and receipt of the goods and/or services”, KPMG said.
The auditor however added that “weak accounting procedures and supervision” were found in 41 instances totalling S$248,346.07. The supplier account rather than the “dummy” vendor code should have been used. Seven invoices totalling S$23,197.40 were paid “without the confirmation of the receipt of the goods and services”.
In a statement on the AHTC website, the town council’s chairman Pritam Singh said: “AHTC accepts the control shortcomings in the use of these codes and will be reviewing its processes to ensure their proper use in future.”