Yesterday State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office released the 2007 audit of Elliott County Clerk Reeda Ison. As a result of the audit, Luallen has referred the case to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General because of a deficit of more than $5,800. And due to ongoing deficits, Luallen’s office has referred each of Ison’s annual audits to law enforcement agencies since 2004.
In June 2008 an Elliott County grand jury indicted Ison on 19 charges, including 15 counts of abuse of public trust and four counts of theft my failure to make required disposition of funds.
The 2007 audit revealed a $5,811 deficit. In 2002 it was $9,642. In 2001 it was $8,476. The unresolved cumulative total over seven years? More than $54,000.
“Our annual audits of the Elliott County Clerk continue to find deficits in the office due to improper controls and questionable financial management,” Luallen said. “The citizens of Elliott deserve stronger accountability of their tax dollars and stronger oversight of that office. We appreciate the continuing cooperation of the Attorney General’s Office in pursuing this matter.”
The current deficit is a result of Ison’s salary exceeding statutory maximums by $188, December 2005 Ambulance District Delinquent Taxes totaling $1,369 and expenditures that have gone undocumented and posted as delinquent taxes totaling $4,254.
On top of it all, the clerk owes $4,906 in federal withholdings and $2,138 in state retirement withholdings from her 2007 account. These matters have been referred to the IRS and Kentucky Retirement Systems.
You’ve gotta give the entire audit (Warning: PDF Link) a read. Our favorite part? When Ison offers no official response at all, to any claim.
We love us some eastern Kentucky waste, fraud and abuse.
On a related note: Ison has officially resigned from office. Her reasoning? “[B]ad health and other complications.” Mmm hmm. Other complications. We bet.