Latest state audit reveals pattern of fraud

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | 5:40 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Former St. Louis city accountant Calvin Johnson has been charged with felony stealing in a scheme uncovered by state auditors.

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee released audits Tuesday of three St. Louis city government departments, including the Street Department, where two employees had complained of suspected wrongdoing.

Montee said records for the month of April 2008 revealed $1,200 missing and unaccounted for and a pattern of fraud in recording of payments for city permits. A police investigation led to criminal charges for the 44-year-old Johnson, who did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Montee blamed "bad record keeping" for an additional $1,380 missing for towing services.

Streets director Todd Waelterman said his department has taken corrective measures including requiring multiple signatures to record and approve money transactions.



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