Sutton Residents React to Fraud Investigation

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

An 18 page report is the result of an anonymous tip regarding questionable spending by the Sutton Police Department. The Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts examined purchases made since October 2009 to August 31st of this year. In that report, the possible misuse of funds by Chief Tracey Landenberger have been identified, including purchases of items for personal use like guns, food and gas.

Jim Rofles is a resident of Sutton and he says he's not surprised by what happened.

"It happens in all these small towns. Nothing unusual. Basically with the whole thing, we just need to tighten up the ship a little bit," said Rofles.

Rofles says it's not fair to put all the blame on Landenberger. He says those who authorized the purchases should also be held accountable.

"It's not the cop's fault. You know he asked if it could be done and they said fine go ahead and do it. We'll just take money out of your check," said Rofles.

Sutton resident Patrick Nagle says the city is taking too long to look into the issue.

"I think somebody is going to have to be liable for it. They need to do something else instead of postponing it until next month. It should have been done by now," said Nagle.

NCN was able to contact Sutton Mayor Bob Hale by phone. He says he's not sure when the issue will be brought in front of the city council. He added the document is rather lengthy and they want to make sure the city handles the issue properly.

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