From the Freep:
Inkster Chief Judge Sylvia James has until Monday to explain to the Michigan Supreme Court why the 22nd District Court has a community service fund, and must submit written justification of several expenditures from the account, including thousands of dollars spent on travel.
The inquiry comes after the state court’s administrative office completed an audit of the Inkster court’s finances, which uncovered sloppy bookkeeping and raised questions as to whether the district court is paying payroll taxes or withholding taxes for workers who are paid monthly stipends.
Among the charges James must justify are donations to the Inkster High School Class of 1969 and to Delta Sigma Theta for a 50th anniversary book.
There’s also the issue of the $12,000 in travelling expenses to send the judge and court employees to drug court conferences. Inkster doesn’t have a drug court.
Oh, and there’s this:
According to the audit, the Inkster court transferred its bank accounts from Chase Bank to Bank of America in September, and maintains three accounts with Bank of America, which include a depository account, a trust account and the community service account.
City officials said funds totaling about $250,000 were transferred by the court from Chase to Bank of America after the City Council voted in August to add the city manager and treasurer as signatories for the accounts. James and Anderson are the only signers on the new accounts at Bank of America.
Stay tuned. This could get interesting.