(SEYMOUR) - A former Seymour city employee has been named in an investigation into missing funds totaling nearly $3,500 from the sale of recyclable materials.
The Tribune reports that an audit of the Seymour Department of Public works (filed September 13) shows that former sanitation supervisor Glen Niehause sold scrap metal obtained through the city's recycling program beginning in 2010 with plans to divide the profits among fellow employees.
However, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says a department investigation found no one else was involved with the missing funds.
So far, no criminal charges have been filed, although Prosecutor Rick Poynter confirmed the state audit was filed with his office last week. He would not comment on if his office was going to file charges.
Niehause had overseen the city's annual cleanup program, Make Seymour Shine Week, before he was fired in October 2011.
Dick Wilde, the city's director of public works, says in the past the city had collected money from selling scrap and had used some of the funds to provide holiday meals for workers as well as give them small bonuses at the end of the year.
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Wilde says that practice has stopped, because in recent years the fund had dried up because of what Wilde called "junkers" picking up scrap metal before the city could run its routes.
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