Saturday, July 26, 2014
Whitley County Auditor Asked To Take Leave While Under Investigation
Discrepancies uncovered during a state board of accounts audit of the Whitley County Auditor's Office suggesting funds had been misappropriated led to a request by the county commissioners that Jennifer McGuire, the elected auditor, take a leave of absence from her work. News reports say McGuire was led from her office by human resources early Friday afternoon as she started a period of paid leave while investigators sort through financial records in her office.
Whitley Co. Commissioner George Schrumpf declined to discuss what matters had been uncovered by the audit when commissioners recently discussed its findings with state auditors. The most recently available audit on the state board of account's website gave the office a clean bill of health. Schrumpf said the matter had been turned over to the county prosecutor for further investigation after "some discrepancies in accounts" were uncovered during the audit. Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler told the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette that misappropriation of funds was part of his investigation. Indiana State Police investigators are assisting the prosecutor's office in the investigation.