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Troy Township Funds Used to Cover Gambling Losses
Columbus – A former fiscal officer used public funds to cover gambling losses, according to a special audit of Troy Township (Delaware County) released today by the Auditor of State’s office.
On November 9, 2013, former fiscal officer Pamela Starling approached the chairman of the Troy Township trustees, informed him that she had misused township funds to cover her gambling losses, and resigned. The matter was referred to the Auditor of State’s office, and on November 25, 2013, a special audit was initiated.
During the audit period January 1, 2012 through November 9, 2013, Starling forged trustee signatures on seven checks written to her, totaling $46,217. Prior to the special audit, Starling repaid $35,141. The remaining $11,076 was repaid after the special audit was initiated. Accordingly, the final repayment is considered a finding for recovery repaid under audit.
Auditor Yost served as the Delaware County Prosecutor from 2003-2010, serving as the attorney for all entities in the county. As such, he has recused himself from special audits involving Delaware County.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.