Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Grafton Computer Report Withheld Because Of Short Check
Chicago computer investigator Forensicon, hired by the Board to find out what happened when the Township's digital financial records disappeared two years ago, never provided a report about what it found claiming Moore refused to pay the firm's $19,880.31 invoice. After Caldwell's order, Moore gave Trustees a check for the bill but Forensicon attorney Christine Svenson said it was for the wrong amount, $300 short.
"Stupid me," said Trustee Barb Murphy Monday. "I went to the Post Office and mailed the check to Svenson. I knew (the bill) was about $19,000 but I didn't check the actual (check) amount."
Svenson said even though Forensicon's invoice hadn't been fully paid, the firm setn a draft report of its findings to trustees' attorney firm Ancel-Glink. A spokesman there couldn't be reached Friday.
The report is to some extent moot since Moore eventually admitted in court that she, herself, had removed the records from Grafton computers. Murphy said, however, Forensicon's draft report showed an eraser program had been installed on the Grafton server. "But it doesn't say who pushed the button," Murphy said.
Svenson said Grafton wouldn't get the final report until the bill was fully paid. She said besides the $300 that Moore's check was short, there were additional charges she'll seek, as well.
Meanwhile, even Forensicon's draft report will remain secret unless the Board votes to release it. Under Illinois' Freedom of Information Act draft reports are exempt from public examination.
In the pic: A court-ordered check to pay for an investigation into Grafton Township's missing financial records two years ago was $300 short.