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  Delaware auditor Kathy McGuiness indicted on felony theft, official misconduct charges
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 11, 2021 09:00pm
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AuthorAmy Cherry, DJ McAneny
News DateMonday, October 11, 2021 07:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Auditor Kathy McGuiness, "whose job is literally to protect your tax dollars from this very kind of spending," was charged with official misconduct and felony theft and intimidation--among other charges--for allegedly hiding contracts from public scrutiny and hiring her teenage daughter after forcing others out of the office, Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Monday.

The year-long investigation by the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust (DCRPT), which included a dozen whistleblowers, confirmed what Jennings called a "clear and a disturbing pattern of not only unethical, but illegal behavior" on the part of McGuiness.

McGuiness, a Democrat, is accused of hiding a contract with My Campaign Group, which campaign finance reports show she used in her 2016 failed bid for lieutenant governor, by making the initial payment less than $50,000--paying just $49,900--$100 less than required to avoid public oversight and negate the state's competitive bidding process for said contract.

"The auditor whose job is to root out fraud handed out state contracts to a campaign consultant and deliberately avoided oversight--meant to protect taxpayers--from the very fraud and abuse she swore to root out," said Jennings.
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