After a recovery audit revealed that the former bookkeeper of Indiana's Warrick County Parks and Recreation Department misspent more than $34,000 in public funds, the state's attorney general is seeking to freeze her assets.
According to the Princeton Daily Clarion, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a motion to freeze Kristi Gates' assets, including her pension and retirement accounts and four vehicles, until a hearing is held on a preliminary injunction motion against her.
An accounts payable audit report released in December revealed that Gates used the department's grocery store card to purchase nearly $1,800 in personal items, in addition to either not recording park transactions or putting down incorrect amounts. Additionally, the AP audit found she had used the park's credit card processing system to issue unsubstantiated refunds to herself on five occasions.
"We've seen this over, over, and over again; it's too easy to write a check out to themselves," said Zoeller, as quoted by WFIE-TV. He noted that Gates' case was one of 40 filed last year.