Fraud Examination Continues in Pocatello Over Use of City Equipment for Other Cities' Projects

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The Eastern Idaho community of McCammon has received a letter detailing how much paving was done ($9,981 worth) by city of Pocatello workers, yet Pocatello elected officials insist that a bill hasn't been sent to any town for such work.

A fraud examination is currently under way, digging into the Pocatello books, as well as records in McCammon, American Falls. Tetonia, Victor and Driggs in the shadow of the discovery that Pocatello workers were sending asphalt trucks and workers to a number of towns.

It was in July when Pocatello citizens learned that their tax dollars were paying for constructuion work on other cities' streets, without formal approval, a potential misuse of public funds.

The discovery triggered a formal external audit to see if the actions were legal. But the Idaho State Journal reports that officials in Pocatello's finance and street departments are denying that any bills have been sent out for the work.

Meanwhile, officials at Pocatello City Hall say they're reluctant to talk publicly until the audit is complete.

"We are waiting until the investigation is over to give anyone an invoice," Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad told the Journal.