A note from IRG Hamilton Roddis Fellow Andrew Mazza:
—The over five-hundred page report released 5/26/23 consists of a plethora of emails, interviews, and financial records ultimately enumerating 36 main investigative findings. In addition to inconsistencies in financial statements, three of the most concerning findings were that:
- DHS upgraded airfare and hotel stays for its staff when the department was already significantly over-budget. There were also vendor hotel stays and vendor and staff meals paid for with family crisis funds.
- DHS disabled safeguards in the DHS fiscal software to alert or prevent a budget overage.
- A DHS employee deliberately falsified documents sent to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families regarding the theft from their alternative-to-detention program.
—The full report can be found on the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Website under “DHS ECSO Report.”