Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said Monday he expects charges to be filed against a former director of the Malvern Public Library accused of altering receipts and using library funds for numerous personal expenses over several years.
Results of an investigation released Friday by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars. Auditors identified nearly $33,000 of improper expenditures and unsupported documents.
Auditors say Buick billed the library for personal items like video games, groceries, decorations for her child’s graduation party, a $1,200 home theater system, camera, coffee machine, window air conditioning unit and TracPhones. Investigators looked at library records from July 1, 2006 - Oct. 31, 2013, and identified multiple receipts that had been altered with correction fluid and cut-and-paste methods.
The altered receipts were identified after duplicate receipts were obtained from several retail stores, including Family Dollar, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Shopko, K-Mart and Pamida. Buick resigned Oct. 18, 2013, eight days after being confronted by city officials about questionable expenditures and receipts. The altered receipts indicated items being purchased were for library materials, but the duplicate receipts showed otherwise.
Investigators identified dozens of receipts that had been altered. An envelope discovered in the library director’s office contained many of the original receipts.
Hansen said a decision on charges will be made soon after his office has had an opportunity to review the state auditor’s investigative report and findings of an investigation conducted by the Mills County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’re reviewing the report to see what charges are appropriate at this time,” Hansen said.