AP audits reveal misappropriation of funds throughout Iowa

Local governments and organizations in Iowa have been reviewed by the state auditor's office and were found to have several financial discrepancies in their records after accounts payable audits were conducted.

According to the Des Moines Register, State Auditor David Vaudt completed five special audits in July, and discovered that more than $283,600 has been spent improperly by public employees. The town of Callendar saw a total of $3,767 of taxpayers' funds spent on car parts for one of its employees, Craig Hanson. Hanson owned the two vehicles and used money from the city's accounts to make the unauthorized payments. In all five special audits, instances of oversight were found, and the state auditor's office offered recommendations, including following documentation requirements, reports the news source.

Another Iowa organization that saw improper use of funds was the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department. An AP audit revealed that more than $100,000 was made in unauthorized payments, states Heartland Connection. The department's former Treasurer, along with its fire chief, used money to pay for vehicles, DVDs and gas. Additionally, a large amount of cash withdrawals from the department's accounts were also made, says the newspaper.

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