Audit: Iowa plant official bought gas, tickets

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2013 at 11:27 am •  Published: February 12, 2013
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Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said his office would continue its criminal investigation into the case, which will take time given the lengthy audit report. Any decision about whether to file charges will be made in consultation with the county attorney, he said.

The phone at the light plant, which supplies electricity to residents, rang unanswered Tuesday. Neither Edgerly nor Mangas had a listed home phone number.

Kusian said auditors worked with a Coggon gas station to obtain surveillance footage of a six-week period in 2011 that showed Edgerly using the plant's credit cards to fill up his vehicle and those of his son and girlfriend 8 times. She said she believes it's the first time gas station footage has been used by her office to help document misspending.

Auditors said their conservative estimate was that Edgerly spent about $20,000 improperly buying fuel for personal vehicles over several years. The audit identified another $13,000 of improper personal purchases and $30,000 in unauthorized vacation payouts to Edgerly and Mangas.

Edgerly bought tickets to concerts by the Who, the Scorpions and other entertainment events, records show. He also bought items from Askenzyte.com, which promotes a natural supplement for erectile dysfunction; Webcapades, an adult website; and 1-800-PETMEDS, the audit found.

The audit report said board members were aware of improper spending on the plant's credit cards but never took steps to stop it. Huber said the 5-member board currently has 2 vacancies that will soon be filled.