July 28, 2008

According to an Atkinson resident that we spoke with the latest uproar involving Atkinson Police Chief Phil Consentino involves the 5 donation accounts he manages, all mentioned in the 2007 Town Report.

After complaints by residents, the Charitable Trusts Unit with the AGO’s office investigated and notified the Chief that none of the funds are registered or managed in accordance with NH regulations. The Chief believes he does not fall under the restrictions of 501(c)(3). He claims he does not manage or have access to these funds. He also claims to have contacted the Town auditors, Mason & Rich, who supposedly verified that everything is in order.

An initial independent audit of town meeting minutes and accounting data reveal that the monies requested to be withdrawn by the Chief do not match the monies that are actually withdrawn by him. Residents claim that a significant number of public documents confirm that he manages the funds personally and keeps the information confidential. If so, these practices are against the law.

It will be interesting to see how the AG’s office advises how to proceed now that they have advised Chief Consentino he must register.

See all letters between AG/Atkinson here: Atkinson Taxpayers Association