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Monitor Finances At Local Agencies

Officials at the Belmont County Transportation Improvement District officials are saying little about the indictment of a former employee. Clearly, however, someone at the BCTID smelled a rat last year.

State Auditor Keith Faber’s office revealed this week that Cory Clark, who was fired as the BCTID fiscal officer in February 2019, has been indicted on charges of theft in office, forgery and tampering with records. Clark allegedly took $3,500 from the BCTID, which works to improve collaboration among local, regional, state and federal highway improvement entities.

Clark is innocent until proven guilty, of course. But if the auditor’s office is right, he abused a position of trust. It appears county officials noticed something was wrong and launched an investigation.

If so, good. Clark’s indictment is one more reminder of the importance of monitoring local government finances closely and constantly to safeguard taxpayers.

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