Audit: Lyon County engineer losses total $400,000

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit of the Lyon County Engineer’s office shows the county missed out on collecting more than $400,000 for road work and septic system inspections and employees kept more than $9,000 from the sale of scrap materials.

An investigation which began in March 2012 led to criminal charges against the county engineer and a roads supervisor. Both have been fired. Six other employees were charged with misconduct and either paid fines, suspended jail sentences or deferred sentences. They continue to work for the county.

The auditor’s report released Tuesday reveals the scope of the missing funds.

State auditors say county supervisors should develop policies and procedures for ensuring all projects are properly billed and funds collected for septic system inspections, the sale of scrap materials, and for purchases.

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