- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GARWIN, Iowa (AP) - An investigation by the state auditor has found more than $500,000 in improper and unsupported spending by the eastern Iowa city of Garwin.

Auditor Mary Mosiman announced Tuesday that an audit requested by city officials found $562,089 of improper and unsupported spending. That includes 203 payments traced by credit card statements to former City Clerk Anna Lori Leytham.

Payments on those credit card accounts date from December 2000 to September 2013.

Mosiman says there likely were additional payments but records before Jan. 1, 2001, weren’t available.

Mosiman noted other improper payments, including $145,224 that Leytham issued to herself.

A telephone message left for Leytham seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

The auditor’s report was forwarded to state authorities and the Tama County Attorney’s Office.

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