A former top lawyer for the Branstad administration is under the microscope after an audit shows he was overpaid and under-qualified for his job.
Because of a whistle blower's tip, the State Auditor's Office looked into the Department of Administrative Services. That's the state agency that manages government operations. What the audit found is that former DAS lawyer Ryan Lamb pocketed about $22,000 more than he should have. Lamb left his job last year after a scandal involving hush money that was given to employees with grievances. The auditor's report shows Lamb was not qualified to hold his position in the first place.
"That's when we discovered that the experience requirements for this particular position, attorney three, you need to have five years of experience and since he had only been licensed for a little over three years there was no way you could have that five years of experience," State Auditor Mary Moisman said, "This is definitely a unique situation but since it came to our attention we did have to report on it."
The audit also shows Lamb’s time sheets were falsified. He did not respond to our request for a comment.