UPDATE: Whitwell public library director indicted for theft
An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office resulted in the indictment of Marilyn Frazier, the director of the Orena Humphreys Public Library in Whitwell.
UPDATE: A Whitwell library director remains on the job after being indicted by a Marion County grand jury for theft.
A Tennessee Comptroller's Report found that at least $3,680.37 went missing from the library from January of 2016 through June of 2017.
They also have concerns about spending on food and cigarettes. As a result of the comptroller's investigation, the city and the county's library board have made policy changes.
"Very shocked, saddened, you wonder why a person would do that. You just wonder why," Linda Reed, a Whitwell resident said.
Reed has been coming to the library since August.
She's disappointed to hear about the accusations against Marilyn Frazier who is the director of the Orena Humphreys Public Library.
The comptroller's office said several reimbursements paid to the library were never deposited into the library's bank accounts.
"That's a lot of money. That is a lot of money for our library. These kids love it. It provides so much service to them and that money could have been used very much more wisely," Reed said.
Investigators are also raising questions about more than $2,000 in cash donations, employee reimbursements, and gas. All things they say did not have proper documentation.
"A lot of it is just record keeping, a failure there and that will have to be looked at and determine things that were justified and things that weren't," Jerry Don Moss, Marion County Library Board Chairman said.
Moss said the charges placed on Frazier were too severe.
"My recommendation would be that she stay on the job until something is proven that she has proven to have committed a felony," Moss said.
The report also said the library operated with little management oversight. It's a statement Moss agrees calls for action.
The library board said they now have documents that explain how to properly handle money. The city also changed the way they reimburse the library for expenses.
As for Frazier, she could not be reached for comment.
The director of a public library in Whitwell has been indicted for theft by a Marion County grand jury.
This follows an investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, which resulted in the indictment of Marilyn Frazier, the director of the Orena Humphreys Public Library in Whitwell, TN.
The investigation found that at least $3,680.37 went missing from the library from January 2016 through June 2017.
The money included reimbursements submitted by the director that were paid to the library for various expenditures.
Several of these reimbursements were never deposited into the library’s checking accounts, according to the Comptroller’s Office.
Investigators also noted donations to the library that were never deposited, and library money spent to purchase food and cigarettes, which was not allowed.
Questions have also been raised about $2,166.54 in disbursements made by the library, which included cash withdrawals, donations, employee reimbursement, charges for gas, and purchases made without adequate supporting documentation.
Investigators are questioning if whether many of these disbursements were for a business-related purpose.
Frazier also created at least eight invoices in the names of other entities to support library expenditures, according to the news release. Although these vendors provided a legitimate service to the library, the director should never create an invoice for a vendor.
“This investigation has revealed many deficiencies in the operations of the Orena Humphreys Library,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “Most notably, the library operated with little management oversight, and the library did not have a policy governing how money was to be collected and spent.”