Nearly $50K In Fraud Discovered In Polk County Tax Department

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe into the discovery of nearly 50-thousand dollars in fraud in the Polk County Tax Department.

Auditors uncovered 49-thousand-744 in improper, undocumented property tax transactions that occurred between 2003 and 2006.

The audit showed an employee may have pocketed cash and then released property tax transactions in an equal amount to keep the drawer in balance. The tax department receives payments in cash and in checks.

County Manager Michael Talbert says an employee allegedly behind the fraud no longer works for the county. That worker has not been identified.

Talbert says Polk County has changed its policies and procedures to prevent future misuse of funds. At the auditor's suggestion, the county may also adopt a "whistleblower" policy that protects employees.