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Audit finds improvements to Berks recorder of deeds office

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 02:39:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 05:04:19 PM CDT

A recently completed audit of Berks County's recorder of deeds office shows commendable improvements in addressing years of issues under a previous administration, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A recently completed audit of Berks County's recorder of deeds office shows commendable improvements in addressing years of issues under a previous administration, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

Those issues, said DePasqaule, included missing records, a lack of internal controls and misappropriated funds.

The recorder of deeds, at the time, Ellie Antoine, pleaded guilty last year to four federal charges, including mail fraud and wire fraud, following a criminal investigation by the FBI. She was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of house arrest and three years probation.

Antoine, authorities said, overcharged people and businesses between 2004 and 2007, netting herself more than $150,000. She later paid restitution.

The latest audit, which covered January 2008 to December 2012, includes no findings, said DePasquale, adding that the previous audit included five significant findings. 

"Staff implemented recommendations in the previous audit report and went from an office filled with alarming problems to one that is now worthy of praise," DePasquale said. "Based on our audit, this office is no longer an embarrassment to the people of Berks County."