MARLIN, Texas. Marlin residents are furious after City Council announced thousands of the city’s money is gone. This after a new audit report, released on Nov 1st 2019, found several red flags.
Suspicious acts include deletion of accounts, several name changes, and more than 5 pages of voided checks.
Check amounts ranged from $20 to $25,000.
The dates of the alleged embellezment were between 2017 and October 2019.
According to the report, some voided checks were issued to restaurants, hardware store, The City of Waco, and cellular company; AT&T.
The City Council an audit was done after the new members raised concerns early this year. Days prior to the report’s release, Director of Finance, Vikki Grimes verbally resigned from her position.
Some say the loss of funds are tied to the city’s broken infrastructure.
“I’ve been here over 30 years, I’ve seen the increase in the water bills, I’ve seen the destruction of the roads. I’m crying for mercy,” says resident, Doris Springer Piper.
“ We’ve had three water rate increases in less time in 2 years and my water has gone up significantly and I’m a single person household, added resident, George Burrell.
City Council says they’ve since hired a forensic audit firm based in Dallas to investigate the finances.
In addition, will also hand the 100+ page report to the FBI, Texas Attorney General and The Comptroller’s Office.
In the coming weeks, another audit will be done.
They are also looking to hire a new financial director, preferably one with a degree in Accounting.