Employees Allegedly Pocketed $19,000 Of County Cash Over 10 Years

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A state audit indicates two employees at the Adair County Engineer's Office in Iowa deposited money from the sale of scrap metal into their personal accounts.

State Auditor David Vaudt's report released Friday shows more than $19,000 in checks were issued to Road Superintendent Duane Jameson and Shop Clerk Cindy Butcher by a local salvage vendor purchasing scrap metal belonging to the Adair County Engineer's Office. The checks were issued between December 2001 and December 2011.

Jameson and Butcher say the money was used annually for the office's Christmas party.

The investigation began after the Adair County auditor received an anonymous letter claiming Jameson and Butcher were pocketing the money instead of depositing it to the county treasurer.

Jameson and Butcher were placed on unpaid administrative leave January 23rd.

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