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Audit finds at Webster City Chamber of Commerce

July 4, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit has found nearly $240,000 in improper spending from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce over more than four years.

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand says his office investigated after being contacted in July 2018 by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation about suspicious activity in chamber accounts.

Sand says former administrative assistant Leah Mulholland admitted to misusing funds to chamber officials and was fired in June 2018.

She had worked there since October 2013.

Sand says the audit found improper payments for hotels, restaurants, a cellphone, a credit card and a hair salon.

The Hamilton County attorney did not respond to a message about whether charges would be filed.

A telephone number listed for Mulholland rang unanswered.

Sand’s audit recommended increased board oversight of chamber finances.

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