Audit of Petersburg treasurer’s office complete; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing findings

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Sources confirm to 8News Tri-Cities Reporter Parker Slaybaugh that forensic auditors have completed their review of Petersburg’s City Treasurer’s Office and have turned over their findings to the commonwealth’s attorney to determine if there was any wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, 8News was first to report that, according to multiple sources, City Treasurer Kevin Brown had admitted to stealing approximately $2,500 from his office petty cash fund.

In light of the accusations, city officials — including Mayor Samuel Parham — called for Brown to resign. Brown initially said on Tuesday that he would step down if that’s what was asked of him. But he showed up for work on Wednesday and said he planned to continue serving the city until his contract ends in December.

Cheryl Wilson, the Petersburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, told 8News she has already recused herself and brought in the Chesterfield’s commonwealth’s attorney to serve as special prosecutor. This comes as at least one council member says she does not support calls for Treasurer Kevin Brown to resign.

“I am not in agreement with it, I think that if Mr. Brown has done something illegal, then that is up to the justice system to determine not me or anyone else in the city,” Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith said.

Across town, Senator Rosalyn Dance says she is not taking a side in the matter but does say she believes Mayor Parham does know more information that he is able to release at this time.

“I trust that he had information that for him he felt was important to make that statement,” she said. “I don’t think he just made it lightly. History will tell, the final report will tell whether he made the right call, but I’m not going to say anything about the call he made.”

So, the question everyone wants to know the answer to: Was there fraud in the City Treasurer’s Office? We asked Robert Bobb directly.

“I can’t speak to the findings of the report,” Bobb said.

Both sides are dug in. The mayor is calling for Brown to resign, but Brown says he’s not going anywhere. Only time will tell who made the right call.

“The treasurer has made his decision, the Mayor has made his decision, the forensic audit will give us our answers, hopefully,” Dance said.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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