On Dec. 8, 2016, the Auditor of the State of Iowa, Mary Mosiman, released a report on a special investigation of the City of Riverton for the period January 1, 2008 through February 28, 2015, showing $330,997.70 of improper financial transactions discovered. The special investigation was performed as a result of concerns regarding certain financial transactions processed by the former City Clerk, Carol Jennings, and the investigation was done at the request of the Riverton Mayor and Riverton City Council.

On Dec. 8, 2016, the Auditor of the State of Iowa, Mary Mosiman, released a report on a special investigation of the City of Riverton for the period January 1, 2008 through February 28, 2015, showing $330,997.70 of improper financial transactions discovered. 

Some of those improper or unsupported transactions included payments to or on behalf of former City Clerk, Carol Jennings; cash withdrawals; unsupported payments to vendors; deposits to unauthorized bank accounts, and un-deposited collections.

The special investigation was performed  as  a  result  of  concerns regarding certain financial  transactions  processed by  the  former City Clerk, Carol Jennings, and the investigation was done at the request of the Riverton Mayor and Riverton City Council.

The  report  includes  recommendations  to  strengthen  the  City’s  internal  controls,  such  as  improvements  to  segregation  of  duties, performing  utility  reconciliations,  and ensuring  all disbursements  are  properly supported,  approved, and  paid  in  a  timely  manner.    Mosiman  also  recommended  the  City  Council  implement  procedures  to  ensure  compliance  with  applicable  sections  of  the Code  of  Iowa;  ensure  appropriate  payroll  records  are  maintained,  reviewed,  and approved; and exercise due care and require and review pertinent information and documentation prior to making decisions affecting the City.


Copies  of  the report  have  been  filed  with  the  Fremont  County  Sheriff’s  Office,  the Iowa Division  of  Criminal  Investigation,  the  Fremont  County  Attorney’s  Office,  and the  Attorney  General’s Office.


A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at: https://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1422-0342-BE00.

See the Dec. 15 edition of the Hamburg Reporter for additional details and information as well as comments from some of the interested parties.