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January 23, 2013

Council members: Questioning of mayor’s purchases exaggerated

Mayor Moore says ‘the witch hunt needs to stop’

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

Sellers said the WAVE-TV story, along with a history of credit card misuse by a former city official, prompted the decision to request a State Board of Accounts review. While the request has not officially been sent, Sellers said it will be done to ensure that there hasn’t been any misuse. 

“I did not want it to come out again, if there was something, that we were behind the eight ball like we were with Peggy,” she said.

Former Jeffersonville Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Wilder received a year of probation on a conversion charge in 2010 that related to her use of city credit cards for personal purchases between 2004 and 2008. She paid for the purchases, not the city, but pleaded guilty to exercising unauthorized control of the card. The improper charges were discovered during an Indiana State Board of Accounts audit in early 2009.

While Sellers admitted she doesn’t believe there has been any wrongdoing by the mayor, she wanted a neutral third party to be involved to ensure all of the charges are in compliance.

“If we don’t do it, we’re going to be accused of not doing our due diligence,” she said. “And the mayor, whether people believe him or us, he’s going to be put in the hot seat. Let’s just get it cleared up and move on because I don’t think they’re going to find anything. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. It’s blown out of proportion.”

Moore questioned why the council didn’t ask him about the credit card receipts sooner. He also pointed to a lack of communication that has been cited by the city council, and asked why the issue wasn’t brought to him before going to the media.

“Not one time did they come and ask [about] these expenses,” he said. “The witch hunt needs to stop. We need to be promoting what is best for the city of Jeffersonville and the politics being played by the city council president and Lisa Gill need to stop. It’s becoming an embarrassment for the city, the actions that they are taking.”

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