DOVER, Del. (CBS) – A grand jury has indicted Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness on felony theft, official misconduct charges. McGuiness is accused of hiding a contract with a campaign group by making the initial payment under $50,000.
Prosecutors say she paid $100 less to avoid public oversight. This also avoided triggering a bidding process for the contract.READ MORE: 4 Shot Inside Park City Center Mall, Lancaster Police Say
Prosecutors say there was also a second contract.READ MORE: 'Everyone Was In Pure Panic': Good Samaritans Rush To Shooting Victims' Aid At Park City Center Mall
“Once again, she suggested structuring the contract payments to avoid public oversight,” Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said. “It’s important to keep this in mind. This was done by the state auditor whose job is literally to protect your tax dollars from this very kind of spending.”
McGuiness is also accused of nepotism and intimidating whistleblowers.MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Fairhill Shooting, Police Say
The Democrat was elected as state auditor in 2018.