DEXTER AUDIT: Deceased City Clerk Took Money

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A deceased city clerk is being blamed for more than $131,000 in improper disbursements discovered by a state audit.

An investigation by the State Auditor’s Office found Dexter’s former city clerk Denise Miller, who held the position from January 2000 until her death in July 2010, made improper and unsupported disbursements totaling $131,391.92.

The bulk of the money taken from the city was disbursed to Miller through improperly issued checks. The audit shows more than $70,000 in checks were issued to her. Miller is also accused of making more than $4,000 in improper disbursements to her husband.

According to the audit, Miller was responsible for more than $45,000 in penalties and interest related to payroll taxes that was improperly disbursed.

Miller also took out an unauthorized loan in the city’s name and the interest on the loan was paid with an improper disbursement of nearly $7,000.

Auditor David Vaudt says poor record-keeping made it impossible to determine if more money had been disbursed improperly. The audit made several recommendations on how the city of Dexter can strengthen its internal financial controls.

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