Ohio village gathers evidence for AP audit

As part of an ongoing investigation into the potential misappropriation of tax dollars in the village of Frazeysburg, Ohio, municipal records and other evidence were recently seized from three properties to facilitate an accounts payable audit, the Zanesville Times Recorder reports.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz remained tight-lipped about the details of the inquest, however, allegations surfaced earlier this year that village administrator Eric Householder took fuel from the village wastewater treatment plant for personal use without authorization. Householder also accepted a $3,000 annual vehicle reimbursement despite using his personal truck rather than a village-owned vehicle.

"I haven't seen any documents," said Lutz, as quoted by the news source "We don't know if there is a theft yet."

According to WSYX-TV, an unnamed administrator who held a side job as a mechanic allegedly charged the city for parts that he ordered.

The Times Recorder notes that independent AP audits of the village for fiscal years 2008-2010 did not turn up any misappropriation, but revealed receipts and expenditures had been posted to the wrong budget line items.  

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