Another person has been charged in connection with the salary scandal at a central Iowa job training program that began unraveling more than a year ago.
Forty-six-year-old Victor Scaglione has been charged with making false statements about how employees at the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium spent their time.
CIETC first came under fire last April when a state audit uncovered lavish salaries and bonuses for the organization’s top execs.
U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker says the grand jury believes Scaglinoe lied when he denied he and other CIETC employees hung out at Prairie Meadows while they were on the clock. "The question was: ‘Were you ever involved or do you have knowledge of any other employees spending their afternoons or Friday afternoons gambling and drinking at Prairie Meadows when they were on company time?’ The answer was: ‘No, sir,’" Whitaker said during a news conference Thursday afternoon. "The follow up question: ‘You never did that?’ The answer was: ‘On company time? No, no sir’ and the grand jury believes that those are false statements."
Scaglione is the seventh CIETC employee to face criminal charges. Whitaker won’t rule out more indictments. "The CIETC investigation does continue on," he says.
Scagglione’s trial is scheduled for July 30th. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and ordered to pay a quarter-of-a-million dollar fine.