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Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association

In this performance audit, we examined the reports Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association (MSA) collected from sheriffs’ offices, and we reviewed MSA’s policies and procedures as well as its budgetary language requirements. The audit found that MSA did not ensure the consistency and accuracy of cost-per-inmate reports and that MSA did not establish policies and procedures for coordinating and standardizing services and programs at the sheriffs’ offices.
Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Department of Higher Education

The audit found that Department of Higher Education (DHE) did not ensure that all employees who were responsible for managing and administering Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funding completed annual cybersecurity awareness training. The audit also found that DHE did not meet with the Commonwealth Commitment Advisory Board (CCAB) to review the MassTransfer Commonwealth Commitment Program and did not provide reports or communications to the Board of Higher Education regarding CCAB’s review of the MassTransfer Commonwealth Commitment Program.
Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

We found that Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) did not verify artists’ eligibility prior to issuing grants totaling $1,456,000 from the MCC's COVID-19 pandemic relief funding. We also found that MCC’s Internal Control Plan was not updated with a COVID-19 component. Additionally, the OSA found that MCC did not ensure all employees completed the required annual cybersecurity awareness training.
Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Bridgewater State University

In this performance audit, we reviewed Bridgewater State University's (BSU) use of funding from the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) received through the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). BSU received grant funding under two components of the ESF: direct funding from the United States Department of Education (US DOE), and funding from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE). The purpose of our audit was to determine whether BSU administered the federal assistance it received in accordance with the criteria established...
Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Bunker Hill Community College

In this performance audit, we reviewed financial activity from federal funding provided by the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. In addition, we reviewed Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) compliance with the Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth’s guidance on revisions to its internal control plan to address operational changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The audit found BHCC did not accurately record and report the institutional portion of Higher Education Emergency Relief...
Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor

Audit of the Middlesex Community College

In this performance audit, we reviewed financial activity from federal funding provided by the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Middlesex Community College (MCC) received grant funding under two components of the CARES Act’s Education Stabilization Fund: direct funding from the United States Department of Education (US DOE) and funding from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE). The purpose of our audit was to determine whether MCC administered the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARP Act...
Department of Justice

District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Shutting Down Fake CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card Operation

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered a consent decree permanently enjoining a Columbus-area woman from producing and selling fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Department of Justice

Stoneham Woman Sentenced for Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON – A Stoneham woman was sentenced today in connection with her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19-related unemployment assistance using stolen identities.
Department of Justice

Salem Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for COVID-19 and Tax Fraud Schemes

BOSTON – A Salem man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with orchestrating two fraud schemes involving COVID-19 relief funds and tax returns submitted using stolen identities.
Department of Justice

Boston Man Charged with Pandemic Fraud, Identity Theft, Firearm and Drug Offenses

BOSTON – A Boston man has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty to fraud, identity theft, firearm and drug offenses.