Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Firm to audit library’s finances

April 30, 2003

The Tonganoxie Public Library has contracted with a Lawrence auditing firm to review the library's financial records.

Library director Beckie Borella resigned after a police investigation was launched nearly three weeks ago into the alleged misuse of library funds. Tonganoxie police Sgt. John Putthoff said last week that he thought less than $5,000 was involved in the case.

Kathy Bard, assistant to the city administrator, said the auditing firm of Lowenthal, Singleton, Webb and Wilson soon would conduct a review of the library's financial records.

"The library has already done a lot, as far as balancing is concerned," Bard said.

She said she expected the forensic audit to take about a day.

The firm's contract calls for payment of up to $1,000. But Bard said officials with the firm indicated the cost likely would be closer to $500.

"I think this is pretty straight-forward," Bard said.

Once the auditor completes review of the books, Putthoff said, police will forward a completed report to the Leavenworth County attorney's office for determination of whether to file criminal charges.

So far, Putthoff said, the investigation has uncovered misuse of a credit card. He said he's not certain whether any other library funds were misused.

Putthoff declined to discuss the types of items purchased with the credit card until his investigation is complete.

Borella, 44, had been library director since October 1997.

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