Tuesday, December 29, 2015

State audit of Morgan Fiscal Court finds 'abuse of power'

(AP) — A state audit has concluded that hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal disaster aid are unaccounted for in Morgan County.

According to outgoing state Auditor Adam Edelen's report, released Monday, found evidence of "waste, fraud and abuse" in the aftermath of a 2012 tornado that devastated West Liberty.

The audit accuses former Judge-Executive Tim Conley of abusing his power and the Fiscal Court to create a situation in which there was minimal oversight.

Conley, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to mail fraud in a scheme in which he took $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor, declared a state of emergency in Morgan County after the March 2012 tornado.


The audit found the possibility of abuse was so high it couldn't rely on the county's financial records.