Findings from audit of Petersburg Treasurer’s Office turned over to VSP, FBI

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is learning new information about the investigation into possible fraud at the Petersburg Treasurer’s Office.

On Thursday, we told you the forensic auditor’s findings had been turned over to a special prosecutor. In addition to that special prosecutor being brought, however, in the city has also turned over their findings to state and federal authorities to investigate if there were any wrongdoings inside of the treasurer’s office.

“In the case of the forensic audit of the treasurer’s office, we’ve turned over information to law enforcement for them to consider if there is any further action required,” said Tom Tyrrell, Petersburg’s Acting City Manager.

Law enforcement is also involved, but who all is reviewing the findings?

“In this case, obviously the state police, the FBI, the Commonwealth Attorney,” Tyrrell said.

All departments looking to see if anyone inside the Treasurer’s Office broke the law.

On Friday, Tyrrell told 8News the treasurer’s office was not the first department within city government the forensic audit looked at. Previously, they reviewed the contract that led to the water meter trouble the city faced.

“The other area that we looked at obviously was the Johnson Controls Contract, I don’t think anything that came out of that, there was some management issues that came out of that, but I don’t believe there was anything that came out of that was turned over to law enforcement,” said Tyrrell.

The forensic auditors are still looking at other areas of city government. The full report is expected to be done by the end of August.

Acting City Manager asked to stay 2 weeks

8 News has also learned more news in Petersburg. You may recall that the acting city manager Tom Tyrrell has been asked to stay for two extra weeks past his contract. On Friday, sources said Tyrrell is expected to collect $10,000 for that two weeks of work.

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