The Iowa Auditor of State recently released a report highlighting several financial discrepancies found within the City of Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department.
According to the Des Moines Register, an accounts payable audit conducted by the state's office found approximately $113,958 of the department's funds had been spent on various payments and purchases by the former fire chief, Robert Hougland, as well as the former treasurer, Craig Scott. Investigators believe the activity took place between 2006 and 2010, while the state auditor's office is searching through the organization's financial records along with two computers and an external hard drive, says the news source. The investigation was launched after the Davis County Attorney's Office notified the auditor about suspicious finances.
The state auditor's report outlines some of the purchases and payments made by the fire department's officials, including $4,996 in cash withdrawals from the organization's bank accounts, and $528 used by Hougland for a car loan. This is in addition to purchases at an adult bookstore and gas stations, while the audit further revealed $950 in collections was not deposited into the department's account.