The Indiana State
Board of Accounts (SBA) is seeking more than $2,000 in reimbursement from
former Porter County auditor Bob Wichlinski for equipment purchases made on
the county credit card during his administration.
The SBA said that
it was unable to locate that equipment in an audit of the Auditor’s Office
conducted for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014.
According to a
supplemental compliance report issued by the SBA and dated Aug. 25, 2016,
the items in question included a Lenovo U530 Touch computer, a Sandisk
memory card, Windows Pro Pack and Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium software
packages, three HP Officejet printers, and a Samsonite Xenon 2 slim brief
case, the SBA said. Total cost of the purchases, made with moneys from the
Auditor’s Ineligible Deductions Fund: $2,038.22.
“We requested that
Robert J. Wichlinski, former County Auditor, reimburse the county $2,038.22
for equipment purchased by the county which was not returned at the end of
his term,” the SBA said in its report.
With the exception
of these particular equipment purchases, the SBA noted, “the records and
accountability for cash and other assets are satisfactory to the best of our
knowledge and belief.”
SBA added, “was invited to an exit conference scheduled on Aug. 24, 2016,
which he did not attend. Therefore, the contents of this report were sent
via certified mail on Aug. 24, 2016, to Wichlinski. He was given the
opportunity to respond to the comments by Sept. 7, 2016. He had not
responded as of Sept. 22, 2016.”
The SBA did forward
its report to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and to the
Indiana Attorney General’s Office, as well as hand-delivered copies on Aug.
24, 2016, to Porter County Board of Commissioners President John Evans,
R-North, and to Porter County Council President Dan Whitten, D-at large.
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel told the Chesterton Tribune today
that he received the SBA’s report on Thursday and that he is currently
Republican, served a four-year term as Porter County auditor from 2011-14.
He ran for re-election in 2014 but was defeated by Democrat Vicki Urbanik,
who just began the third year of her own term.