Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley has filed a complaint against Saunders County Attorney Scott Tinglehoff after an audit revealed fifteen discrepancies in over a three year period.
“What he seems to be doing is buying merchandise from places like Best Buy, getting reimbursed by the county and then taking the merchandise back to Best Buy, getting a refund and keeping the refund.”
Tinglehoff’s office reported to Foley that this is a case of poor accounting procedures.
“He’s paid it back now that the audit came out saying it was clerical errors. I’m not satisfied with that at all and I’ve filed a formal complaint against him.”
Foley says most of the items were electronics. More than $3,400 was spent on flat-screen TV’s in 2009 alone. The audit was conducted in March and Foley says these purchases were wasteful.
“Five of the TV’s were found in the original boxes after two years. They had never been used. A sixth TV was out of the box but still not being used so it seems like a total waste of county money.”
One of the TV’s had been returned. Foley says most of the improper expense payments point in one direction.
“It seems to me some of the errors would have gone one way and some would have gone the other way but all fifteen errors ended up in his favor. Nearly five-thousand dollars in total.”
Tinglehoff’s office reports that accounting procedures have been changed and there are new rules regarding expense reports. Foley has filed a formal complaint with the Saunders County Attorney and with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. He is also bringing the issue to the attention of the Office of the Attorney General.