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State says former auditor Bob Wichlinski owes county $2,000

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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.”

Wichlinkski, the 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.

Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel told the Chesterton Tribune today that he received the SBA’s report on Thursday and that he is currently reviewing it.

Wichlinski, a 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.



Posted 1/13/2017




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