A state audit has found an administrator at a not-for-profit program based on the University of Northern Iowa campus racked up over $19,000 worth of questionable expenses.
Camp Adventure runs youth programs for kids on military bases all over the world. University of Northern Iowa students work in the Camp Adventure office in Cedar Falls, plus college students around the world work in the programs on the bases.
Diane Engbretson was in charge of running Camp Adventure programs in Europe. The audit found she took 20 days of unrecorded personal leave and made over $9000 in personal purchases with the U.N.I. credit card she’d been given. According to the state auditor, a number of those questionable bills were for airline tickets, car rentals and hotel stays for Enbretson and a male friend.
In February and March of last year, Engbretson wrote seven personal checks to the university to cover the $9000 in travel-related expenses. She was placed on administrative leave when questions first came up about her spending, then she resigned and the university docked her last paycheck to cover the personal leave she’d taken.
The state audit has been forwarded to the Division of Criminal Investigation as well as state and local prosecutors. Read the audit online at http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/CampAdventureUNISpecial.pdf .