- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - Officials say the city of Asbury Park paid nearly $77,000 in phone bills to an Arkansas-based communications company that ultimately never provided any services.

The Asbury Park Press reports (https://on.app.com/1LzIF5M ) Windstream Communications refunded the money in July, but city officials have no idea how the double payment was able to continue for six years.

During the six-year period of paying the unauthorized phone service provider, Tinton Falls-based Reynwood Communications was under contract to provide the service to the city.

Asbury Park Chief Financial Officer Richard Gartz says there was no record of Windstream handling the city’s municipal phones, but they were paid $76,879.64 anyways.

Mayor John Moor says the discovery was part of Asbury Park’s effort to clean up city finances and collect outstanding debts.



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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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