Ex Walkerton library director ordered to pay back $96,000

A state audit has identified nearly $57,000 worth of improper or undocumented spending on the part of the former interim director of the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library.

Scott Klingerman was fired in May and the library closed for a month while the audit was being conducted.

In all, Klingerman is being ordered to reimburse the library for nearly $96,000 worth of financial irregularities.

When Scott Klingerman first became boss of the books in Walkerton the audit notes that he told the library board he’d work for free, that “compensation was not necessary.”

Later, when a salary of $20,000 a year was set—it apparently wasn’t enough.

“We did an analysis of payments for salary to the director at the time, and found that during that audit period he was overpaid by $15,922.00,” said Charles Pride with the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The audit further shows that some $752.00 in library funds went to make monthly payments to a health club known as Memorial Health and Lifestyle.

Then around Christmas of 2012, another $1,025 allegedly paid meal, hotel and travel related expenses in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

“There were several payments it appeared to us to restaurants and to gas stations, similar type payments that didn't appear to us to be related to library business,” said Pride.

The audit also notes a total of $23,081.25 worth of undocumented withdrawals from automatic teller machines with little clue as to how the cash was spent.

“There were no accounts payable vouchers or supporting documentation presented to us to audit,” said Pride.

The audit also documents some $14,846.25 in undocumented library disbursements, and $3,065 in undocumented withdrawals from the library bank account.

While libraries are well known for collecting fines when things are returned late, the tables have been turned on the Walkerton library. It was late to pay its state and federal withholding taxes. So late, that the library had to pay $32,801 in fines, penalties and charges during the audit period (January 2010 through March 2013). The audit seeks to hold Klingerman responsible for reimbursement.

The audit notes that Klingerman was contacted via certified mail but did not respond to the findings of the audit.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office is apparently aware of the situation according to a written press release, and is “working with law enforcement locally to further investigate the information contained in that report.”

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