SUMMITVILLE - A former Summitville fiscal officer already under indictment for stealing village funds has also been cited in a state audit issued last week.
The routine state audit of Summitville's books for 2009 through 2011 included a finding for recovery in the amount of $1,590 against Jennifer L. Burton and the village's insurance company.
Burton, 34, is current awaiting trial this summer in county Common Pleas Court on a charge of theft in office for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in village funds between March and November 2011 while serving as fiscal officer.
The finding for recovery provided more details about the situation. The state audit determined there were 12 instances where Burton, who also served as mayor's court clerk for the village, collected $1,590 in cash for payment of tickets issued by the police department, but there is no record of the money being deposited.
Burton stepped down as fiscal officer in late 2012, and the state legislature has since outlawed mayor's court in communities with less than 201 residents. Summitville's population is 135.
When a finding for recovery is issued, the legal officer, which in this case would be Summitville's village solicitor, is authorized to collect the money within 120 days, which is likely unnecessary since legal proceedings against Burton have already been initiated.
The finding for recovery was just one of 10 non-compliance audit citations against the village for failing to follow state law and the administrative code in maintaining village books. There were another 10 non-compliance findings listed in the audit's accompanying management letter also addressing the haphazard way in which village books were maintained and policies were followed.
Following are some of the citations and findings: