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State audit of Riverside report finds improper disbursements

By Xiomara Levsen | Dec 20, 2013

RIVERSIDE—The office of the auditor of Iowa released its investigation into the City of Riverside’s spending accounts from July 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2012.

According to the report $64,061.85 was identified as being disbursed improperly, including $26,756.35 of unauthorized payments to a third-party administrator for contributions to employees’ Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); $24,260.01 of improper sick leave payouts; $4,900.98 for improper vacation payouts; $2,019.20 of improper compensation time payouts; $1,992.11 of improper personal time payouts; $3,702.91 of payments for FICA and IPERS on the improper payouts; $228.99 of sales tax paid on purchases made with the city credit card; $111.78 of late fees, finance charges, and interest payments made on the city credit card; and $89.52 of improper lunch reimbursements.

State auditor Mary Moisman also said $274,047.90 paid disbursements were done without prior city council approval, $32,016.94 did not have sufficient documentation, and $10,289.10 were paid without city council approval.

Copies of the report have been filed with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Washington County attorney’s office, and the Attorney General’s office. For more information see Monday’s edition of The Journal.

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