Charges have been filed by The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office against Former Fairfield Park and Rec Director Derik Wulfekuhle. Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille said charges were filed Thursday night. Wolfekuhle has been charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, punishable by up to 25 years in prison; 1st Degree Theft, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and Non Felonius Misconduct in Office, punishable by up to 1 year in County Jail.
OFFICE OF AUDITOR OF STATE STATE OF IOWA
State Capitol Building Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0004 Telephone (515) 281-5834 Facsimile (515) 242-6134
Mary Mosiman, CPA Auditor of State
Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today released a report on a special investigation of the City of Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department (Department) for the period May 1, 2009 through March 7, 2016. The special investigation was requested by City officials as a result of concerns regarding the former Department Director’s use of the City’s Visa credit card for personal purchases. The former Department Director, Derik Wulfekuhle, admitted he used the City’s Visa credit card for personal purchases. He resigned his position with the Department effective March 7, 2016.
Mosiman reported the special investigation identified $28,304.50 of improper and unsupported disbursements. The $18,882.24 of improper disbursements identified includes purchases made using the City’s Visa credit card, including $11,604.42 from various vendors, $5,169.86 from iTunes, and $928.22 from Amazon. The improper disbursements also include $1,179.74 of purchases from retail vendors and a grocery store. The improper disbursements were for personal items or purchases which were not appropriate for Department operations. Sufficient supporting documentation was not available to determine the propriety of the $9,422.26 of unsupported disbursements identified.
The report includes recommendations to strengthen the Department’s internal controls and overall operations, such as improving segregation of duties and performing an independent review of financial information presented to the Parks and Recreation Board. In addition, the report includes a recommendation to ensure all disbursements are approved by the City Council and Parks and Recreation Board, as well as ensuring minutes of all meetings are properly maintained and signed.
Copies of the report have been filed with the Fairfield Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s website at https://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/1520-0476-TE00.