Investigation continues for possible criminal charges tied to Riverside audit

Audit detailed $64,061.85 in improper disbursements, $274,047 in unauthorized spending

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The Washington County Attorney said he is still investigating a 2013 audit of the city of Riverside for possible criminal charges.

Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman released the report on the special investigation of Riverside on Dec. 20, 2013, It detailed $64,061.85 in improper disbursements and $274,047 in unauthorized spending by public officials from 2006 to 2012.

“At this point we are still investigating it,” Washington County Attorney Larry Brock said. “As to what, if any, charges are filed that will depend on what we find in the investigation.”

Brock had little to say beyond that.

He declined to say who is leading the investigation and said “there is no timetable” for completing it.

The audit was sent to the Division of Criminal Investigation when it was first released.

In January, Brock said he was waiting to hear back from the DCI, but on Tuesday he said he never did hear from the DCI and he also has not reached back out to the agency.

The DCI bureau in Stockton received the case, per protocol, said Bill Kietzman, special agent in charge, However, Kietzman said his office is not investigating the case and has not been asked to do so.

Rusty Rogerson, city administrator of Riverside, said investigators have not been to city hall.

“They haven’t been here and talked to anyone, but that does mean they haven’t talked to anyone,” he said.

Former city administrator/city clerk Tina Thomas and former city clerk Missy Carter were in roles of responsibility during the time scrutinized, according to the audit.

One example cited in the audit said Thomas received a $12,548 payout for unused sick leave when she resigned in 2011, even though the employee benefit list states employees are not to be paid out for sick time when they part, according to the audit. Thomas also received $2,196 more in vacation payout then she should have, according to the audit.

Carter processed those payments following approval from city council.

Messages left for Thomas and Carter were not immediately returned.

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