State audit alleges $272,000 fraud at U. of Iowa hospitals
- According to a 206-page state audit released today, University of Iowa hospitals IT employee Jennifer Whitmore-Meier defrauded the hospital of more than $272,000 between 2002 and 2012, using hospital funds to buy 288 monitors and 76 Apple Time Capsules that she sold on eBay for more than $200,000 and improperly purchasing $34,300 worth of items including iPods, cameras and Xbox games.
- The state auditor, David Vaught, says Whitmore-Meier carried out the fraud by altering documents, dates and travel details, and that she even gave herself $20,564 in "exceptional performance bonuses."
- The audit made 17 recommendations for avoiding future fraud and the report has been turned over to the Johnson County attorney's office and the Iowa Attorney General's Office.
From the article:
A University of Iowa hospitals IT employee defrauded her employer of more than $272,000 over a decade, according to a 206-page state audit released today. Jennifer Whitmore-Meier, who worked in the department of orthopedics and rehabilitation, committed most of the financial fraud by using hospital funds to purchase 852 technology items that she sold on eBay for more than $200,000. The items included 288 monitors and 76 Apple Time Capsules, the audit said. Whitmore-Meier also improperly purchased more than $34,300 worth of iPods, cameras, Xbox games, cleaning supplies, tools, light bulbs and books, the audit found. ...
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