Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 14, 2013

Audit uncovers theft in Mystic

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — According to an audit of the city of Mystic by the state auditor's office for the year ending June 30, 2011, "during the year, a City Council member assisting with utility billings made two unauthorized electronic bank withdrawals from the city’s account totaling $1,976 to pay a personal utility account. These payments were repaid to the city upon discovery by the city treasurer."

The audit recommended the city "implement procedures to ensure all payments are supported and approved by the City Council and are for authorized purposes."

The city's response was "All payments are supported and approved by the City Council prior to disbursement. Bank statements are opened by the Mayor and reviewed for electronic transactions before the statement is provided to the City Clerk."

The state auditor's office accepted the city's response.

Additional information from the audit will be released in the near future.