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Procedures Changed after County Money Stolen


Following the theft of thousands of dollars by an employee, the Scott County Sheriff's Department has tightened its accounting procedures. Tuesday morning, the board of supervisors discussed how much of the loss will be covered by insurance, and how to make sure it won't happen again.

Sheriff Dennis Conard says the former employee, who stole more than 165,000 dollars over about 3 years, over-saw the jail commissary account and could manipulate the numbers to hide the theft.

As a result, quite a few changes have been made. 
Conard says Davenport police have completed their investigation, and turned over the results to the US Attorney's office, but no charges have been filed yet against the former employee. 

It's sad that a long-term employee took advantage of the situation.

With the cost of a forensic audit, Scott County lost about 200,000 dollars, but insurance will cover 160,000 dollars. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.