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County's audit "clean' even with thefts from sheriff

County's audit "clean' even with thefts from sheriff

July 10th, 2012 in News

Forty minutes after being told an outside auditing firm reported "a clean audit - the best opinion you can get" for Cole County government's financial record-keeping, commissioners on Monday approved a $49,367.69 transfer of funds into Sheriff Greg White's budget.

"This replaces the various funds that were stolen," White told the three-member commission. "It specifically is coming from contingency (funds) which, my understanding is, should be (repaid) from the insurance policy - based on a conviction."

County Auditor Jim LePage told commissioners last month his review of the sheriff's records showed nearly $48,000 had been taken, between May 1, 2011, and May 17, 2012, from two accounts managed by a former jail clerk.

That clerk - Gina Freeman, 35, Jefferson City - was charged May 17 with stealing from the accounts, and she's scheduled to be arraigned July 24 before Associate Circuit Judge Thomas L. Sodergren.