- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A senior citizens center in Laramie has agreed to repay the state just over $54,000 for the spending of public funds it couldn’t account for.

The executive director of the Eppson Center for Seniors believes sloppy accounting, not fraud, is to blame. Dick Cuthbertson told the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1DBTzWg ) he reluctantly accepted Wednesday’s decision by the Wyoming Senior Services Board requiring the repayment at a rate of $904 a month for the next five years.

Tim Ernst, a deputy administrator with the Health Department’s Aging Division, says he doesn’t believe any criminal activity was involved. The senior services board initially couldn’t find support for nearly $160,000 in spending between July 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013, but further inquiry reduced that amount to $54,000.

The Eppson Center will be on probation while it makes payments.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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