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City Takes Steps to Avoid Future Financial Crimes

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John Gibson
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EPD Detective Nathan Van Cleeve addresses reporters; EPD Sgt. Anna Gray is to his left

The guidelines were put in place after Holtz allegations

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says new guidelines should prevent illegal actions like the ones alleged against a former parks director. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

Winnecke says the city has already taken action in light of the fraud, forgery, and misconduct charges against Brian Holtz:

"Among those, requiring two signatures instead of one on invoices from the city to the parks foundation, we are decentralizing or actually have decentralized the invoicing process for parks so more eyes get to be on them so one person can't control everything."

Winnecke says the new guidelines also provide more real time financial data to parks facilities.

Authorities say Holtz’s actions cost the city more than $360,000 but there was no apparent financial gain for Holtz.

He stepped down last July after denying the allegations.

Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer has been serving as interim parks director since then.

Winnecke thanked Schaefer for stepping up and the EPD for its nine-month investigation.