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Unauthorized copier lease costs big:
"Unauthorized copier lease costs big
July 8, 2009 by Steve Hannaford
Posted in: Dealers & Channel, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views
From Jacksonville, Florida comes the story of how an unauthorized city employee signed 48 copier leases and cost the city over $3 million to clean up the mess.
According to a story in the Florida Times-Union (“Copier contracts will cost taxpayers”, 10/29/07), the CFO of Jacksonville’s library system signed a series of 48 contracts with IKON Office Solutions to lease copiers for the library system. That’s particularly troubling since Jacksonville only has 21 library branches.
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According to the article, the problem was compounded due to lazy oversight in the accounts payable stage: “The city didn’t detect the problem with IKON in part because it had other contracts with the Ohio-based company. The library was authorized to make some purchases from IKON off a state contract and a city contract. So when McDowell [the employee in question] did turn invoices over to the city’s finance officials for payments, the checks were authorized under the existing contracts.”