Fire District's Missing Money
The board of directors thinks most of the missing money may be due to sloppy accounting, such as unrecorded tax receipts, payroll and other problems by former financial director Andrea Meinhart.
"Based on facts, the books were a real mess," Griggs added.
Meinhart could not be reached for comment. However, in a grievance she filed against the district earlier this year, Meinhart said she found mistakes which were covered up in previous audits.
The Columbia Police Department is investigating. A second audit of the fire district is underway, covering the first six months of this year.