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Iowa Auditor Rob Sand launches effort to help restaurants hurt COVID-19 and workers who lost their jobs

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand launched an online effort to help both the state’s beleaguered restaurants and those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. “Local restaurants need customers. Unemployed Iowans need support. You need the feeling of knowing you helped both with one gift,” is how Sand explained the Help Iowans initiative he launched […]

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State Auditor: ‘Bad data’ from Iowa DHS make it impossible to assess state’s Medicaid home health program

A new report from the Office of the State Auditor was supposed to summarize the results of an 18-month-long attempt to audit the Medicaid program administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides health services to patients in their homes. But that proved to be impossible, because repeated attempts to get accurate information […]

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Former ICAD employee misappropriated over $500,000, according to audit

A former employee of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) misappropriated over $500,000 of the organization’s money, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. Sheri Jelinek, who worked at ICAD for 15 years and was the group’s office manager when she resigned in January 2017, used an ICAD credit card to make $466,875 in clearly improper purchases, and rack up another $46,903 in suspect purchase for which auditors could not find documentation, according to the report published on Thursday. […]

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Audit finds more than $57,000 was misappropriated by an employee of the UI College of Dentistry

A special audit of spending at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry found more than $57,000 was misappropriated by a former administrative specialist, according a report by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office published on Thursday. Auditors determined that Amanda Shumaker, who worked in the college’s Department of Periodontics, used university-issued purchase cards (a type […]

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Marion Christian minister who ran Iowa’s broadband internet agency misused almost $380,000 in state funds, audit finds

The former head of the state agency that provides high-speed broadband service to schools and other public institutions misused $379,547 in state funds, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. The report published on Thursday reviewed decisions by Iowa Communications Network (ICN) Executive Director Richard Lumbard between Jan. 2015 and Jan. 2, 2018. Lumbard was fired two days after the audit concluded. He had been ICN executive director since 2014. […]

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