AP audit reveals city treasurer’s embezzlement

The treasurer of Mount Carmel, Illinois, recently resigned after an accounts payable audit revealed an undisclosed amount of city funds was unable to be located, the Princeton Daily Clarion reports.

According to city administrative assistant Rudy Witsman, Ericka Whittler resigned amid an ongoing investigation and recovery audit conducted by the Wabash County Sheriff's Department. Witsman also noted that the Wabash County State's Attorney had been made aware of the situation.

Whittler, who served as treasurer of Mount Carmel for less than two years, handled the city's accounts payable and carried out administrative work.

A similar scandal recently rocked Washington's Franklin County, the Tri-City Herald reports. Accountant Dennis Huston, who was employed by the county, allegedly misappropriated as much as $1 million by setting up an account for a company that was no longer in operation and embezzling the money paid into it.

Brenda Chilton of the county auditor's office acknowledged that while separation of duties between employees is encouraged as a way to mitigate embezzlement, Huston – who was hired in 1989 – managed to keep his actions undetected for years. 

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