City audit uncovers improper spending, undeposited payments

RIVERTON, Iowa (AP) — A state audit of financial records for Riverton in southwest Iowa has discovered nearly $331,000 in improper or unsupported spending and undeposited collections.

The special audit was undertaken at the request of city officials concerned about transactions processed by former city clerk Carol Jennings from January 2008 through Feb. 28, 2015. The council fired Jennings on Feb. 26, 2015.

The audit report issued Thursday says more than $149,000 in undeposited collections included nearly $115,000 in utility payments to the city that weren’t deposited in city accounts. The report also says the undeposited collections included nearly $33,000 placed in two bank accounts Jennings had established without council authority or knowledge.

A phone number listed for Jennings is no longer in service. Online court records don’t show that she’s been charged.