Audit of Utah’s liquor control authority finds millions in accounting errors

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SALT LAKE CITY — A new audit of Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has found millions in accounting errors because of a new computer system.

The report from Utah State Auditor John Dougall, obtained by FOX13 ahead of the DABC commission’s monthly meeting, said from July to December 2016, the DABC did not record $216 million in revenue or $118 million in goods sold into the state’s ledger system, FINET.

It also found anywhere from $26 million to $308 million in discrepancies through the state liquor control authority’s various financial reporting systems for December 2016 and January of this year alone.

DABC Executive Director Sal Petilos told reporters that no money was missing. In a letter and remarks to the DABC commission on Tuesday, he pushed back at the audit.

“What we had was a delay in reporting and we generate a lot of money monthly,” he said. “We weren’t able to report because of system issues.”

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Written by BEN WINSLOW,

Copyright 2017, KSTU. A Tribune broadcasting station

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  • 42214 May 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Sounds like they’re drinking the profits.

  • Real Life May 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Well that’s what’s gonna happen when you put the Mormon church in charge of booze.

  • youcandoit May 30, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Agreed I’m surprised they don’t have a limit of how many bottles you can buy. Don’t they know only God can judge you.

  • Larry May 31, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission: Looks like Bookkeeping would be less sloppy if they farmed it out to the private firm ran by Foster Brooks and Otis Campbell. hic!.

    Can you imagine what fines and penalties would be levied, if a private company failed to report $26 million to $308 million in revenue? or if a restaurant with a liquor licence in Utah lost track of even one bottle of Johnny Walker?

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