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Audit uncovers missing Mich. expense files

Dec. 7, 2009 at 2:03 PM

DETROIT, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Papers documenting how $8.3 million was spent by officials in Wayne County, Mich., were likely shredded this year, an audit shows.

The Detroit Free Press said Monday that former Wayne County Commission budget director Arlene Meadows is accused of shredding records detailing six years worth of office expenses.

Meadows denies the allegations she shredded the important documents during her last day on the job this year after being laid off.

"I don't have anything," Meadows said. "I left it all."

Private accountant Glen Olivache learned of the missing documents during an audit of county spending. The missing papers would indicate if the office expense spending by 15 county commissioners was justifiable or not.

"We've always felt that some commissioners were allowed to overspend as long as the overall numbers were OK," Wayne County Commissioner Gary Woronchak told the Free Press.

"But the shredding is just outrageous and of great concern," he added. "We've gone far too long without anybody looking over our shoulders."

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