Audit says water works manager took thousands he wasn’t owed

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The Iowa Auditor’s Office says it found nearly $90,000 in improper or unsupported disbursements at Creston Water Works.

The audit was for the fiscal years that ended June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

The auditor released a special investigation report Friday, June 21, 2013 that shows former general manager Steve Green accepted $30,000 worth of unauthorized vacation payouts.  Although water works employees are not allowed to carry over vacation from year to year without board approval, the report says Green carried over vacation anyway, valued at another $22,524.32.

The report shows green also accepted nearly $50,000 in pay and retirement contributions for work inspecting two projects for which a separate inspector had also been hired.

Green is also accused of taking more than $3,000 worth of improper reimbursements from petty cash for prescription medications and meals.

The report identifies additional unsupported disbursements for payment to Green and other water works employee for meals, travel and conference expenses for which appropriate documentation was not submitted.

Green was placed on paid administrative leave from his position when the investigation began in November 2012.  No criminal charges had been filed in the case.

The auditor’s report has been turned over to authorities with the State of Iowa and Union County for review.

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