- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HARLAN, Iowa (AP) - A state audit requested by the city of Harlan has identified nearly $145,000 in improper and unsupported disbursements.

The auditor’s office said Tuesday the audit covered July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2016. Auditors noted that nearly $34,000 of the total was paid to the now former city administrator, Terry Cox, for improper travel reimbursements. He resigned last year after questions were raised about his expenses.

A Harlan phone listing for Cox rang busy during several calls Tuesday. Court records don’t list any current charges. Assistant Shelby County Attorney Todd Argotsinger said he hadn’t seen a copy of the auditor’s report and didn’t know whether any charges were pending against Cox.

The auditors also say the improper disbursements included more than $35,000 paid to Cox for hours he didn’t work.

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