by Alan McArthur
The Platte County Sheriff's Department is now investigating the actions of some former Village of Iatan trustees.
A report released by the state auditor's office in May claims two trustees were paid for goods in 2007, but never provided the items purchased.
According to the report, Floyd Harris, former trustee, was paid $1,400 to purchase a mower. The check was cashed by Harris and a mower valued at $600 was provided to the village in February 2009. The payment for the mower was not approved by the board and the $800 has not been returned, according to the audit report
The audit report also states Tom Coffey was paid $100 to purchase a shed for the village, but never provided a shed.
The report also recommends the board “consult legal counsel regarding any criminal prosecution and seek restitution for the shed and the $800.”
According to Helen Means, Platte County Sheriff's Department spokesman, the department is investigating the incident after receiving a complaint. Means said the complaint was received on Wednesday, May 27.
The Landmark first reported about the audit on Wednesday, May 20.
After the sheriff's department completes an investigation, the issue could be forwarded to the county prosecutor to file charges against those involved.
The audit also claimed several conflicts of interest including the appointment of the city clerk and a trustee by family members serving as trustees on tihe board.
The audit also shows the village did not post notices of meetings in 2006 and 2007 and did not hold public hearings or formally take a vote to set the village tax levy since August 2006.
The village does not prepare annual budgets, according to the audit. It is against Missouri statutes to spend public money without an authorized budget.
Iatan is a village of 54 residents, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. The village was incorporated in 1973 and is located north of Weston along 45 Highway.