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Initial Findings: Ravalli Co. Treasurer's Office in "Disarray"

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MISSOULA -

Initial findings from an independent firm, chosen to do an audit into the Ravalli County Treasurer's Office, revealed the duties of the Ravalli County Treasurer were not properly executed and the department was in disarray.

The firm Anderson Zurmuehlen released its preliminary report on Friday afternoon.

Upon taking inventory from the day Treasurer Valerie Stamey was put on leave, the report noted that the firm found over 952,372.78 of undeposited funds in the treasurer's office.

Four days later, the firm discovered $172,675.41 of those funds were still not deposited. It was found in incomplete paperwork left on desks in the department.

This audit is the first part of an investigation looking into the county after Stamey fell months behind in filing the office's financial reports. The second part of the investigation will look into Stamey's allegations that county commissioners are corrupt and framed her.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation will look into all criminal allegations once the results from the independent audit are complete.

Meanwhile, the Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright said on Friday that a broader independent investigation was still necessary because of the allegations of criminal and civil misconduct recently made by Stamey. He added that District Court Judge Nels Swandal, who retired from the bench after serving 18 years in Park and Sweet Grass Counties, will conduct that investigation.

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