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Audit: Adair County employees take scrap metal funds

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 11:16 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

Two employees in Adair County improperly deposited money from the sale of scrap metal into their personal accounts, according to a state audit released Friday.

The report shows a local salvage vendor purchased scrap metal belonging to the Adair County Engineer’s office and issued more than $19,300 in checks directly to Road Superintendent Duane Jameson and Shop Clerk Cindy Butcher.

Jameson and Butcher then deposited those checks into their personal accounts. The two told DCI investigators the money was going to fund employee Christmas parties and retirement gifts.

Jameson and Butcher were placed on unpaid administrative leave Jan. 23. They later resigned.

“It’s sad for those two employees,” said John Twombly, Adair County Board of Supervisors chairman, “and obviously this is not good for our county. Those two employees no longer work for us. We’re now taking the steps recommended in the auditor’s report and we’re watching things closer so this doesn’t happen again.”

State Auditor David Vaudt’s report said inadequate record keeping makes it impossible to determine if more collections were not properly deposited. The report recommends a better system for documenting office collections, as well as tracking scrap metal.

The investigation originated after an anonymous letter was sent to the Adair County auditor in March 2012 stating Butcher and Jameson had been “pocketing cash” from the sale of old iron “for three years and it’s getting worse.”

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