Auditor: Former Fairfield official spent thousands of tax dollars on iTunes

Former Fairfield Parks director Derik Wulfekuhle (KTVO file)

A report from the state auditor's office shows the former Fairfield Parks director spent thousands of tax dollars on personal purchases.

Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman released the report on Friday.

According to the report, Derik Wulfekuhle used the city's credit card for nearly $30,000 in improper or unsupported purchases.

Those purchases started in May of 2009.

They ended when Wulfekuhle resigned as Park's Director on March 7, 2016.

The report says Wulfekuhle has admitted spending the money.

The misspent funds included 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 included $1,179.74 of purchases from retail vendors and a grocery store.

The auditor couldn't find documentation to determine what happened to the remaining funds, totaling nearly $10,000.

KTVO reached out Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille by email to find out if criminal charges have been filed.

Dille said that a summons rather than a warrant has been issued for Wulfekuhle.

He is charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison; First-Degree Theft (over $10,000), a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and Non-Felonious Misconduct in Office, a Serious Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail.

Wulfekuhle's attorney, Paul Miller, told the Associated Press that his client intends to pay back the money and has been cooperating with authorities.

Click here to read the entire auditor's report.

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