After watching one of its finance department employees admit to stealing $365,000 of public funds, the City of Coeur d'Alene has decided not to reprimand anyone else in the department.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Coeur d'Alene City Council is expected to consider a new audit of its fiscal controls when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 18. But the city's mayor, Sandi Bloem, said the meeting's discussion "shouldn't veer toward punitive issues inside the finance department."
"The punishment is going to take place with the person who did the wrongdoing. The other employees in the department, there was no wrongdoing," Bloem told the Press. "I look on the bright side: The bright side is our employees were smart enough, and quick enough, and on it. It took a lot of hard work to figure this out—it was pretty sophisticated."
Sheryl Carroll, 52, faces up to 20 years in prison on each of six felony counts of wire fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5. The city's finance director said Carroll committed 120 fraudulent transfers from 2007 through 2012.