Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 07/10/2012 03:13:57 PM PDT

ONTARIO – An investigative audit is being performed of the city’s Convention Center after allegations have been raised of “procedural violations” related to the venue’s operations.

Ontario City Manager Chris Hughes and Bob McClintock, SMG World’s senior vice-president of operations, confirmed that the audit was taking place.

The Philadelphia-based SMG World manages the Convention Center at 2000 E. Convention Center Way for the city.

SMG World managers have known of possible problems at the Ontario venue for about 10 days, McClintock said.

At this point, SMG World is handling the investigation internally, and no criminal activity is suspected.

“What I can confirm is that we are conducting a review of some alleged policy and procedural violations, and once we complete the review, we will report to the city,” McClintock said. “We are working expeditiously to complete this review.”

McClintock also confirmed that the center’s CEO Bob Brown has been placed on administrative leave.

McClintock would not say if any other center employees have been placed on leave.

“We can’t comment on any personnel matters. We do take seriously our fiduciary duty to the city of Ontario,” he said.

Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Center employees said he was not at the venue Tuesday.

Hughes was the first to confirm that an audit was taking place, but said he preferred to let SMG World provide comment on the investigation and is waiting for the full report to learn if any taxpayer dollars were mishandled.

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