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Auditor: Misspent Funds in 6th Judicial District

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A state investigation found an eastern Iowa corrections system misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars over a four year period. 
    The report was requested by the Department of Corrections and focused on the realtionship between the 6th Judicial District and the non-profit group Community Corrections Improvement Association.  The 6th District serves Tama, Benton, Linn, Jones, Iowa and Johnson Counties.
    The report found more than $775,000 in improper payments.  State Auditor Mary Mosiman told CBS 2 News Friday morning that state funds should not be spent to fund the non-profit group.  She said the report found those tasked with overseeing the partnership were not adequately keeping the two organizations separate.  As a result, money for the District went to the non-profit group.
    The auditor's office recommends increased oversight and a better separation between the two groups.  Auditor Mosiman told CBS 2 because the Department of Corrections requested the investigation themselves, she believes they will do everything in their power to correct the problems and hold those responsible for proper oversight accountable.
   CBS 2 News also contacted the director of the 6th Judicial District.  Bruce Vander Sanden tells us he has reviewed the report and is committed to correcting the problems outlined in the state investigation.
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