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Bob Culver Calls the Forensic Audit Investigation a "Political Hit-job"

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 5:00 PM Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has responded to an forensic audit investigation that revealed potential fraud in the county.

At Wednesday evening's Wicomico County Council meeting in Salisbury, Council President John Cannon formally announced that the forensic audit investigation has been terminated.

"The forensic auditor concluded this investigation and stated the fact that without further cooperation or transparency he would have to conclude this investigation," Cannon said.

This investigation all started due to a suspicious letter that was dated back to November 2015. The letter was electronically signed by the Director of Finance, Leslie Lewis, and ultimately authorized by County Executive Bob Culver.

The letter was found in a personnel file and deemed suspicious after it was discovered that: 

  • It was not on Wicomico County letterhead
  • It was electronically signed
  • Finance Director Leslie Lewis had no knowledge of writing it.

Ultimately, Cannon and forensic auditor James Kern agreed there was a lack of cooperation from Culver.

When the investigation started back in February 2016, Culver told Kern that he would not allow him to interview any county employees.

A key factor of the investigation that Kern said prohibited him from getting to the bottom of this suspicious letter.

On Thursday, Culver held a press conference to respond to the investigation and said, "The council's conduct has been illegally reckless, financially irresponsible, and a pursuit of a ruthless witch hunt that they have defamed innocent employees for a political hit job against me."

Culver also printed out emails that he said proves Leslie Lewis was well aware of the raise being given.

"Ms. Lewis at the time knew about the letter, she knew about the raise she suggested it," Culver said. "She actually suggested that it come from someone else other than the person receiving the raise."

Cannon said in the end, it is up to the public to decide.

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