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Alleged 'fraudulent activity' leads to resignation of city of Wheeling employee

The city says there is an ongoing investigation and the employee in question resigned Friday.

A city of Wheeling employee has been terminated after alleged fraudulent activity.

City council released a statement on Tuesday. City Manager Bob Herron says he and the mayor each received calls last week from the state auditor's office about potential fraudulent activity by a city employee.

"Our local and state auditors looked at, routinely, various aspects of expenditures and I was made aware of an issue about a week ago,” Herron said.

Herron met with state and local auditors Thursday for further information on the investigation.

The city says there is an ongoing investigation and the employee in question resigned Friday.

City council went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter Tuesday afternoon.

Afterwards, they released a statement saying they are deeply troubled by the alleged conduct and will not be satisfied until their many questions are answered.

"The former employee in question has not had the opportunity to address the state auditors, so until that happens, I mean, I don’t know the full extent of the issues, I have an idea, but that person really needs to discuss questions the state auditors have," Herron said.

During the council meeting, Herron appointed an acting human resources director. There is no confirmation on if that appointment is related to this.

No name is being released at this time.

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