RESORT AUDIT: Improper Transactions By Employee

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A state audit shows a former Honey Creek Resort employee used improper transactions to put money into her own bank account and pay credit card bills.

The audit was requested by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources after concerns were raised about Kathy Ewing, a group sales assistant at the state-owned resort.

State Auditor David Vaudt says the investigation looked into transactions between August 23, 2011 and October 17, 2011. The audit found 10 improper refund transactions, totaling nearly $3,000, where the money from the refunds was either deposited in Ewing’s bank account or used to pay a credit card bill.

Ewing’s position allowed her to create fake documents showing refunds to groups that had booked services at Honey Creek Resort.

During the investigation Ewing admitted to diverting a refund to her credit card by accident once, because she had the card on her desk when she was processing the refund. When she noticed the transaction wasn’t questioned she thought this was a way she could catch up on her bills.

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