published on July 6, 2017 - 10:32 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

An audit has been recommended for the Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District after the Fresno County Grand Jury concluded that the District had not used public funds properly.

“In its investigation to determine whether the Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District has been fiscally responsible in the use of public funds, the grand jury found that the District demonstrated a lack of sound financial management,” the grand jury report stated.

According to the report, the district board of directors may have handed over its financial responsibilities to outside contracted professionals. The jury’s findings also stated that the district was unresponsive to numerous requests for financial information that may substantiate the district’s audited financial statements, indicating that they did not have the requested information.

The jury has recommended that the Fresno County Auditor conduct or contract with a certified public accountant to conduct an audit of accounts and records.

Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District is a hospital district whose boundaries include parts of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, with Fresno as the principal county.

The district owns the buildings previously occupied by Kingsburg Hospital and represent substantially all of the district’s physical assets.

The district filed for bankruptcy protection in 1999. The case closure was filed in bankruptcy court in 2006 and the district closed the hospital 2010.

Its acute care license expired in 2013.

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