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State audit claims over $775,000 improper spending by 6th JDDCS

January 16, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A 68-page report released on Friday, Jan. 10, by Auditor of State Mary Mosiman says the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services spent $775,716.72 improperly over a four-year period from July, 2008-2012.

The 6th JDDCS serves six counties including Tama, Benton, Iowa, Jones, Johnson and Linn providing probation supervision.

It appears the concerns are limited to the main offices of the district and operations there and do not involve nor name the Tama County office in Toledo.

The report states " The District and CCIA share 3 Board members and the former District Director also serves as the Executive Director of CCIA. While CCIA interacts with the Sixth Judicial District on a routine basis, assistance has not been provided to the other Judicial Districts within the State.

In addition to the overlapping personnel and Board members, Mosiman reported CCIA's operations are located within the District's facilities and many financial transactions were identified which involved both the District and CCIA, including reimbursements and unreimbursed costs paid by 1 entity on behalf of the other. Also, it was determined District employees performed functions for CCIA and/or were paid by CCIA. In addition, CCIA employees performed District functions and/or were paid by the District.

According to the report, the review was requested by the Director of the Department of Corrections as result of concerns regarding the relationship between the District and Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA).

The complete audit report accompanies this article:



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