TAMPA — An audit of Hillsborough County's office supply purchases from Office Depot has found little evidence of overbilling.
Commissioner Kevin White requested the review late last year after hearing that at least four states had leveled charges of overbilling at the office supply giant. The scrutiny was spurred by allegations from a former employee of Office Depot who says he is a whistleblower. The company says it fired the person for workplace misconduct.
While other governments have found merit in some of the claims, Hillsborough's director of county audit Dan Pohto said he could find little evidence of it here. His staff spent nearly 150 hours reviewing more than 15,000 transactions for everything from pens to staplers. Pohto said the audit revealed about $2,500 in overbilling, but another $25,000 in which the county may have gotten a deal. "I do not believe we're being overcharged," he said.
Florida buys supplies from Office Depot through a consortium known as the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. Hillsborough buys them under the same agreement.