Officials say uncashed checks, nearly expired grant found in Reams' office
County commissioners learned about the checks Tuesday night after meeting with interim County Attorney Jim Boffetti.
“What concerns me about the grant and the money sitting around is that it shows a lack of concern for the business side of the county attorney’s office,” County Commissioner Kevin Coyle said Wednesday.
Reams was suspended by the attorney general last Wednesday in the wake of an investigation that also led to Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid and a victim-witness advocate being placed on paid administrative leave.
The checks were from area towns that pay the county attorney’s office for handling prosecution within their local district courts.
“Nobody should be holding onto a check that long,” he said. “I know one thing. It won’t happen again.”
Tombarello said other departments — such as the Registry of Deeds — make daily deposits, and that all departments should be depositing whatever revenues they have on a regular basis.
“We made the county attorney and deputy county attorney aware that those revenues hadn’t come in,” Coyle said.
Tombarello said commissioners have had a better hold on the revenues and expenses in departments closer to the commissioners’ office at the county complex. Reams’ office is on the bottom floor of the county courthouse.