An anonymous tipster this week alerted several local news outlets to the investigation, saying a large amount of taxpayer money had been stolen by an employee in the county's risk management department. Officials would not say if the case involves suspected theft or embezzlement. The amount in question was not immediately clear.
Reached by phone Thursday, the employee confirmed she had left the position in May, but declined to comment further.
Webley said no other risk management employees have been fired or placed on administrative leave this year. He confirmed that
"I can't really go into more detail than that because we are still in the middle of our investigation," Cooper said.
The auditor's office often investigates fraud or "misappropriations" of public money in tandem with law enforcement agencies. Criminal charges stemming from such investigations are typically filed by county prosecutors.
Webley said the county also reported the situation through
A mission statement on the county's website states that the risk management department exists "to reduce the frequency and severity of liability and worker compensation claims by providing efficient and timely claims adjudication services, comprehensive safety training and occupational health services."
The risk management department works with the
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