Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2003

More than $17,000 allegedly missing

August 13, 2003

The amount of Tonganoxie Public Library money that former director Beckie Borella is accused of misusing exceeds $17,000.

That revelation came at last Wednesday's library board meeting, during which the board agreed to hire Sharon Moreland as its new director.

Library board president Jim Morey provided board members an update on whether Borella's attorney would meet with the board. He told the board that Michael Waite, the attorney, would not be attending last week's meeting.

"As you all know, we have identified $17,200.86 in questionable transactions," Morey said. "These include, but are not limited to, purchases of items that are not in the library, personal items such as tires and auto repairs, clothes, a satellite television system, groceries, gasoline, personal travel and car rentals."

Borella is scheduled to appear in Leavenworth County District Court at 11 a.m. Friday.

In an interview, Morey said board members had trusted Borella, who resigned as director in April, once a police investigation was launched into improprieties with library's finances.

But he added, "Part of this lies at the board's feet because we did trust her. We should have watched it closer."

In light of the allegations of misuse of library funds, the board has made some changes.

"We have set down a policy whereas the treasurer of the board scrutinizes every check that's written and every deposit that's made," Morey said. "And then the checks are brought to the board for signature and they're scrutinized by any of the board who want to look at them and discuss what they want to discuss."

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