Employee fired after audit reveals money missing at sheriff's office
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
Jami Mallonee, an office employee (dispatcher), at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was terminated from employment and charged with theft in the fourth degree on Thursday, March 20, when it was discovered she was allegedly stealing money from the sheriff’s office.
In the fall of 2013, Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee discovered financial discrepancies in his office, such as money being collected but never deposited. McNamee brought this to the attention of the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. The discrepancies were confirmed during the state auditor’s annual audit, launched at the end of December 2013 and concluded in the beginning of January 2014
On March 20, the investigation was concluded. According to McNamee, less than $500 was stolen from the sheriff’s office.
The first noticed occurrence of the discrepancies came from 2012, although McNamee stated the majority of the discrepancies occurred in the summer of 2013.
Mallonnee had worked for the sheriff’s office for 17.5 years and had worked in a position that handled money.
McNamee reported that the money stolen was not tax dollars, but instead was taken from the filing of civil issues, such as small claims, garnishments and gun permits.
“The sheriff’s office, with recommendations from the state auditor’s office, has taken steps to ensure this does not happen again,” said McNamee regarding new security measures.