The loss to the county was $2,942, the state auditor and inspector, Gary Jones, reported Friday.
“We were kind of tipped off,” Jones told The Oklahoman.
Wiles has been county treasurer for 10 years and has had personal financial problems recently. He filed a bankruptcy petition in June.
He denied wrongdoing.
“No, sir,” Wiles told The Oklahoman Friday when asked in a brief telephone interview if he had filed false claims. He declined further comment.
Jones recommended in the audit that the district attorney “review this finding to determine the necessary action to be taken.” Le Flore County District Attorney Jeff Smith said Friday he is asking the attorney general to find another district attorney to review the evidence.
The state auditor reported the county treasurer collected mileage reimbursement 10 times for travel to training classes in 2012 and 2014 he did not attend. The auditor reported the treasurer collected mileage reimbursement two times for travel to a 2014 conference he did not attend.
The audit looked into Wiles’ travel claims between Jan. 1, 2012, to Sept. 14, 2014. He submitted 33 claims in all in that time period.
Jones said the treasurer had asked somebody to sign him in at a conference he was not attending.
“The guy said, ‘Be sure you sign in.’ And she didn’t do it,” Jones said. “Afterward she said, ‘You know, I got to thinking about this. This is wrong.’ And so, she notified us and we took it from there.”
The Le Flore County district attorney chose not to review the evidence himself because he advises the treasurer on county issues and because his wife is an employee of that office.
“I want to avoid any appearance of impropriety or favoritism,” Smith said.
The auditor also reported that the treasurer, during an interview in October 2013 about duplicate payments to vendors, retrieved two refund checks from under his desk calendar. The checks were for $4,738 and $2,163.
“At that time, the treasurer stated he did not know how to proceed with the refund checks,” the auditor reported. “Checks that are not restrictively endorsed for deposit only and that can be accessed by anyone are easily susceptible to theft.”
In bankruptcy paperwork last year, Wiles reported having $281,150 in assets and $300,107 in liabilities.
Source: Daily Oklahoman http://newsok.com/le-flore-county-treasurer-filed-false-travel-claims-oklahoma-state-auditor-reports/article/5383400