Auditors find more than $20,000 missing from Martin Co. Clerk's office

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - After several months of investigating, officials with the State Auditor's office say they have found more than $20,000 that is unaccounted for in the Martin County Clerk's office.

Now the audit has been turned over to state police, and the clerk tells WYMT she thinks she knows who took the money.

For more than three months, officials from the State Auditor's office combed through everything in the Martin County Clerk's office.

"Martin County Clerk Carol Sue Mills came to us with these concerns that she had with a couple of employees and some concerns that money might be missing," said Stephenie Steitzer, Communications Director for the State Auditor.

Auditors found more than $6,000 that appeared to have been paid to contract laborers.

"There was no supporting documentation or evidence of actual work done," said Steitzer.

They also found more than $16,000 that was received by the office but never deposited in the bank.

"There was a problem about writing checks," said Mills.

A problem, she says, that appeared to be in the hands of two people she knows very well. Mills told us in August she thinks her daughters, Tonya Delong and Tammy Hairston, are behind it all, and she says the past few months have taken their toll.

"It's just been a tough year, and being you know my family, it's been really tough," she said.

Officials say now that the audit is over the case will be sent to the grand jury to see if there is enough evidence to indict the two women.

Mills says she fired her daughters and has made other changes.

"The people that writes the checks now, they write the checks. They don't take care of the books. We have a different bookkeeper," she said.

She says they will do whatever it takes to get the office back on track.

The Martin County grand jury meets December 6.

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