NEW CASTLE —
Yauger’s credit card charges for the last quarter of 2007 exceeded $1,500 and increased after that.
In 2008, they totaled more than $14,000. Charges for 2009 totaled $18,500. Those grew to $25,700 in 2010 and $28,300 in 2011. The charges for last year were $24,700.
When the matter was discovered in April, $4,197 had been spent for the first three months of this year.
“If you compare those to charges of any business person working for any business of comparable size, you’ll find charges for a comparable amount,” Tempesta said.
“It’s the cost of doing business. If they did not expect Mrs. Yauger to have any expenses, they would not have given her a card. It’s normal that an executive director would have expenses.”
In more recent months, multiple charges on her bills were from retail and restaurants. Some were out of town, but others were in Grove City, Hermitage, New Castle and Cranberry. There were multiple charges at chains such as Walmart, Costco, Target, Pat Catan’s, Michael’s, Sheetz, Kirkland’s and TJ Maxx.
There also were several hundred dollars worth of charges at Wendell August Forge, Hallmark card stores, Daffin’s Candies, Hershey’s Chocolate World and other novelty locations and online sites such as Kodak and godaddy.com. In addition, there were charges for out-of-town hotels, airline tickets and rental cars.
The IU IV board of directors is awaiting the results of a forensic audit by Hill, Barth and King of Hermitage to determine a dollar amount of what might have been personal charges and what were legitimate, and what the IU IV will assess Yauger as a resimbursement.
The board initially appointed its solicitor, Timothy McNickle, to investigate. The Grove City police and the FBI have since been contacted.
The FBI was notified because the intermediate unit receives federal funds that pass through to the school districts, board member Lynn Foltz of the Wilmington school district explained.
Attempts to reach McNickle last week and Monday were unsuccessful.