Audit Finds Issues With U of Iowa Hospital

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A state audit in Iowa has criticized financial controls at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics because of alleged misuse of more than $272,000 by an employee.

The audit says 35-year-old Jennifer Whitmore-Meier, an information technology support specialist, got irregular reimbursements for purchases and travel. The audit also says that between December 2002 and January 2012, Whitmore-Meier used department money to buy equipment that she resold.

The audit says her department wasn't managed "in a fiscally responsible manner."

The audit says the university put Whitmore-Meier on paid leave in November 2011 pending the investigation.

She left for good two months later.

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness says her office is reviewing the audit to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

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