Investigation determines a transfer of funds was legitimate
A disclosure alleged public funds were illegitimately transferred between two public sector organizations through unsupported invoices. It was alleged this constituted a gross mismanagement of public funds.
The investigation found deficiencies in the authorization and approval of expenditures. The Management Board responsible had not fulfilled its duties relating to the preparation and approval of formal budgets, and the approval of financial commitments and expenditures.
Although the expenditures were not properly approved and financial arrangements were poorly documented, there was no indication attempts were made to transfer funds in a non-transparent manner. Moreover, the rationale for the expenditures was reasonable. The actions did not demonstrate a willful or reckless disregard for the proper management of public funds, and therefore did not constitute gross-mismanagement.