TONER & CORRUPTION IN MONONA IOWA

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TONER & CORRUPTION IN MONONA IOWA

 user 2008-01-11 at 1:24:00 pm Views: 50
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    Alleged Corruption in Monona County, IA
    Thousands of dollars in question as alleged corruption hits Monona County, Iowa.
    According to the state auditors office, the inappropriate behavior involves, the Monona County Engineer, and hundreds of printer cartridges. State investigators tracked, Monona County Engineer, Jon Singlestad’s spending activity from January 2004 to April of 2007.   The findings of a special investigation by Iowa’s State Auditor were released on Wednesday.   That report says Singlestad received two money orders from someone involved with California-based company: Master Image Supply. Investigators say $1,250 were deposited directly into the engineer’s personal bank account.”We’ve conducted investigations, and examined records and some subpoenas have been issued and stuff and records reviewed,” says Terry Klooster with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations.Investigators have also identified 10 improper invoices totaling $17,568.20.  All 10 invoices were for printer cartridges from two California vendors. According to the audit report, only 5 invoices, totaling $ 4,330, were paid for by Monona County leaving the rest, totaling $ 13,238, unaccounted for.”It’s at the felony level as far as charges go,” says Klooster.

    The report says singlestad claims to have received 620 printer cartridges in a matter of two years. He also claims his office used more than 500 of them.The state auditor says based on the capacity of the printers in that office and the life expectancy of the cartridges,  it seems unreasonble that many cartridges could have been used during that time period.  “A report’s been prepared and stuff and we’ve forwarded it to the Iowa Attorney General’s office and they’re in the process of reviewing the report and determining if charges are going to be filed,” says Klooster.As of Wednesday night, charges had not been filed but according to the Monona County Attorney, Singlestad has been fired.  We did get a hold of Singlestad Wednesday afternoon and when asked for a response about the accusations, he said he had no comment.  Again, while no charges have been filed, the head investigator says the engineer could face felony charges