(State) A state audit has uncovered more than three quarters of a million dollars of improper spending and another $150,000 of improper liabilities for an association designed to help community based corrections in the 6th Jucicial District based in Polk County. Tami Kusian of the State Auditor's Office says they reviewed the books from July of 2008 to June of 2012 for the financial relationship between the district and the Community Corrections Improvement Association.
"And over $563,000 of costs that the district paid on behalf of CCIA. This includes things like payroll costs and office space. I mentioned the fact that their were blurred lines, so there were employees working on both entities but being paid for by the district."
The other component was more than $140,000 in vacation payouts in excess of what was allowed and additional time taken by employees above what they had earned. Kusian says the bottom line is that there were two entities operating as one and state funds were being used to pay for the association's operations which is not allowed.
A copy of the audit is now with the Iowa Attorney General's Office.
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