Does Mayor Scott Kominiak really think fraud or other improper use of funds for Corrales’ sewer project occurred during the eight-year mayoral administration of Phil Gasteyer?
Is there evidence of anything —other than politics?
Revelations from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) indicate Kominiak originated the investigation himself when he contacted its Fraud Hotline anonymously on December 18, 2012.
The resulting special financial audit of Corrales’ use of federal and state funds for the sewer project showed Village officials were in compliance with accounting requirements. (See Corrales Comment Vol.XXXIII, No.5 April 19, 2014 “Audit Finds No Scandal, Plenty of Bookkeeping Flaws.”)
Still, the new mayor has doubts about how the sewer project was managed, although such problems may not involve illegal intent. Kominiak’s demand that Gasteyer return all documents removed from the Village Office apparently relates to the new mayor’s keeping the issue open.
Kominiak said August 14 the irregularities he has discovered since replacing Gasteyer as mayor may not rise to the level of actual fraud or illegal activity. “Whether or not they rise to the level of fraud is to be determined by others, if it comes to that,” the mayor said. He has not decided whether the Village should initiate a more thorough, independent investigation.