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Iowa auditor finds questionable spending by fire department

June 28, 2019

BAGLEY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand says his office has found more than $20,000 in questionable spending by the former president and treasurer of a western Iowa firefighter’s association.

The report released Friday identified $13,983 of improper spending and $6,901 of unsupported spending from the association’s bank accounts. The report also identified $2,634 in undeposited collections.

Television station WOI reports that Matt Sutherland served as president and treasurer of the association when those questionable expenditures were made. The reports says Sutherland used the money to buy motorcycle gear, clothing, a wedding band, saddles and other items through Amazon that were sent to Sutherland’s home. Other purchases at stores included cigarettes, a vacuum and dog food.

A call to a phone listing for Bagley rang unanswered Friday.

Copies of the report have been filed with the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement offices.

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Information from: WOI-TV, http://www.woi-tv.com