An audit says the former general manager of a municipal power plant in northeastern Iowa misused more than $50,000 in proceeds from the sales of scrap metal over the last decade.
State Auditor David Vaudt released a report on Friday that faulted Brian Geschke, who resigned in August from his 18-year job leading the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant.
The report says Geschke did not deposit at least $55,000 the power plant made from selling excess scrap metal to a private company dating back to 2001.
It says he gave $1,000 cash to 8 employees after one sale last year, and kept thousands more in a cabinet in his office.
Geschke told auditors he kept the money to use for expenses like office Christmas parties and buying flower arrangements.