ODON, Ind. (WTHI) - $17,518, that's how much the state of Indiana says clerk-treasurer Beth Haseman owes. The audit says that amount is due to penalties and interest on town accounts. Haseman told News 10 her side of the story.
Haseman explains, "These were paid late not because I just withheld claims. It's not because I just said no I'm not going to pay them. If they were paid late there was a reason."
Odon town council for a statement
"The real victims here are the taxpayers of the town of Odon. It is their money, and there is apparent neglect of the Clerk-Treasurer in fulfilling her duties as an elected official. These apparent neglected duties include paying invoices on time and providing accurate monthly report balances to the Council. There is overwhelming concern from the taxpayers that Clerk Haseman continues to manage our funds and also has a personal relationship with Councilman Krieg. The audit report has been sent to the Attorney General’s office by the State Board of Accounts. At the direction of Council President Vernon Graber, we will be contacting the Attorney General’s office to discuss the findings from the audit. Questions or concerns can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org."
The audit says the town did not provide ledgers for 2014 through 2017. But Haseman says she has all of those records.
Haseman says, "The only one that they did not have was fund balance. That was truly because the program that we have, Sima, would not create fund balance reports."
Haseman says problems with her office's software made financial reports not line up with balances with the bank.
Haseman explains, "I wish I had put my foot down and withdrew that program and said no more. But I didn't and I can't go back and change that. I wish I could. But I can't."
Haseman says the town has now purchased a new program to handle financial records. It's one of many steps she says they are taking to fix issues with the audit.
Haseman says, "The auditors met with me during an exit interview and they asked that I write up a corrective action plan for each of the findings."
As for the $17,518, Haseman says she plans to pay the charge. She says she has nothing to hide.
News 10 Bureau Chief Gary Brian asked Haseman, "Did you take money from the city?"
In response, Hasman said, "I Beth Haseman as long as I have been in this office and the employees that work here. I can say that no money is missing. I have not taken money."
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