WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An audit report of Cape Fear Community College revealed an instructor for the Marine Technology program falsified inventory records after giving a student a boat motor.
According to the audit, the college completes an annual inventory of all equipment valued at more than $1,000.
Marine Tech instructor Robert Parker indicated on the report in both 2012 and 2013 the motor was on campus in a new location, but the motor was never located during these inventories. Instead, the boat motor was found off-campus in the possession of a former student.
According to Parker, the motor was larger than what his class typically used. He said he gave the student the motor in April 2011, after allegedly receiving approval from the Marine Technology Department Chair Jason Rogers.
Rogers, however, said he does not recall speaking with Parker in regards to allowing a student to take the boat motor. According to the audit, Rogers said the department only allows students to check out college equipment for practice for a maximum of 48 hours.
The audit report said Rogers seemingly granted approval to the instructor to provide the motor to the student in an email dated August 17, 2010.
Parker told Rogers he didn't know how to report the situation and didn't include the location for "simplicity" and that he "didn't want to make waves," according to the audit.
The report goes on to explain Parker said he knew it was wrong to let the student use college property off campus for that extended amount of time, but didn't follow up because he "didn't really think about it."
According to the audit, Parker went on to say that "he should start telling Yamaha, 'Don't' give me anything else unless it's under $1,000 because then it goes on inventory and I have to check it off every year.'"
CFCC President Ted D. Spring Ph.D. wrote a letter to the State Auditor's office June 21 explaining Parker is no longer employed by the College as of May 17, 2013.
Spring went on to say Rogers has also been counseled and received a disciplinary letter regarding his involvement in this situation.
Employees at CFCC will receive training from their supervisor in regards to the proper procedures for allowing College assets and equipment to be taken off campus and the importance of following inventory procedures.