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|"Audits," Former Sheriff, Former State's Attorney Under Fire in 2008
|A long awaited document that the public believed was an audit of the Knox County State's Attorney and Sheriff's offices essentially revealed no serious problems.
The audits, which spanned late 2003 to late 2006, grabbed headlines in 2008 and were ordered following allegations of financial mismanagement by state's attorney John Pepmeyer against former state's attorney and current judge Paul Mangieri and former sheriff Jim Thompson.
The findings were released in June, and while it was believed to be an audit of the two offices, the accountants who conducted it---Carpentier, Mitchell, Goddard and Company of Moline---stated in the report that it wasn't an audit at all, but rather, "agreed-upon procedures." Then Knox County Board Chairman Allen Pickrel told WGIL the report detailed how money was handled and revealed some documentation problems.
"They're more like the bank accounts need to be...go through the treasurer's office instead of being held in, say, the State's Attorney office or in the Sheriffs Department office, them types of things" Pickrel said in June. "Different ways of doing accounting and tracking, just check and balance-type things."
State's Attorney John Pepmeyer responded to the report by saying it clearly shows mismanagement did occur, and that 80-percent of the items sampled in the two departments had documentation that was incorrect or missing. Pepmeyer also blasted the report in part, saying that a forensic audit was originally ordered by the county board and a short report was released.
The report wound up costing the county $62,000, and while Pepmeyer argued it uncovered evidence of corruption, Mangieri and Thompson responded by saying the report cleared them of any alleged wrongdoing. Special Prosecutor William Poncin, who investigated the allegations of mismanagement against Mangieri and Thompson, later said no charges would be brought against either of them.
CLICK HERE to read the special "audit" (in PDF format).
|01 04 09 by Newsroom
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