Hello, Houston? We’ve Got A $305,000 (And Possibly Growing) Problem…

15 Jun

Not included in the figures reported below are two additional areas of billing issues which are still being investigated as the CBB’s internal review continues.  Stay tuned for more on that.  After the Clifton-Gunderson financial review last year, which resulted in the $216,944 payback of checkoff money by NCBA to the CBB in January 2011, and the outrage by some about the (heaven forbid) public disclosure of the facts by the CBB, the OIG decided to conduct it’s own audit which is currently underway.

Previously reported here:

The ongoing financial review following-up on the Clifton-Gunderson firm’s financial review of NCBA has, as of June 1, turned up another $88,421 in beef checkoff billing errors bringing the current total of billing errors to $305,365.  The ongoing compliance review is examining fiscal years 2008 – 2010.

$216,944 was repaid to the CBB by NCBA in January 2011.  An additional $8,364 involving travel and overhead expenses improperly charged to the CBB and the Federation, was reported to CBB members at their Denver convention in February 2011.

The $80,057 in additional billing errors recently uncovered and now being reported involves sponsorship revenues and meeting registration fees which were improperly credited to the NCBA for events or activities that were paid for with checkoff funds.  In other words, the beef checkoff paid for an event at which registration fees were required to attend and guess what?  NCBA credited the revenue to itself instead of the checkoff.


1 Comment

Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Hello, Houston? We’ve Got A $305,000 (And Possibly Growing) Problem…

  1. N. D. Ploom

    June 21, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Where is the outrage over this misappropriation? Every producer who pays into the checkoff is more directly and negatively impacted by the misuse of our checkoff dollars than by the listening in on phone calls. Yet, some in the media and the NCBA faithful are continuing to report about the calls but don’t want to mention the $305,000 (to date). It would appear the reporting is a smoke screen to deflect attention from the true “serious transgressions of industry trust.”


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