On May 29, the SIUE police received a report from Accounts Payable about alleged fraudulent activity. This is the subject of an ongoing investigation.
When questionable activity is detected, the accounts payable department notifies the police, the university’s internal auditing system and ITS, according to Patty Kloostra, assistant director of accounting and business systems.
Because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, specific details of the case cannot be discussed according to SIUE Police and Kloostra. However, Kloostra said most of the time questionable activity comes from an outside source, not from within the university.
Accounts Payable also follows a series of controls to prevent fraudulent activity, including restricting access to checks and the ability to write checks to select employees, according to Kloostra.
“Things like this happen few and far between,” Kloostra said. “We have controls in place that typically catch these things. We still are investigating this situation, and hopefully we will get some resolution on that.”
The Alestle will continue to update as more information arises.