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Audit targets spending by Iowa City Area Development manager

June 6, 2019 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report by Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand has identified more than $500,000 in questionable spending by the former office manager of the Iowa City Area Development Group.

Sand says the report released Thursday looked at the group’s finances from late 2003 through mid-March 2017 after concerns were raised about an unauthorized credit card established by former group office manager Sheri Jelinek and that was paid with ICAD funds.

The report identified $466,875 of improper disbursements used to pay for Jelinek’s personal accounts, from phone, cable and video-streaming accounts to utilities. The report also found $46,903 of unsupported disbursements for items bought from Amazon, Staples and Walmart.


The report includes recommendations to strengthen ICAD’s internal controls. The report has been sent to law enforcement authorities, including the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness did not immediately return a message Thursday asking if charges are pending. A working phone number for Jelinek could not be found Thursday.