Records needed in Cortez embezzlement case are lost

The Durango Herald: The city of Cortez has been digging into a recent embezzlement case, but a 2016 software switch makes it hard to determine how long the fraud was happening.

The city says an undisclosed city employee stole about $25,000 from Cortez in 2017, but investigators have not determined the extent of the fraud because data was lost when Cortez switched from AS400 to the Casselle financial system three years ago.

The City Council approved a contract for an IT specialist Nov. 12 to try to recover this data. The contract amount ranges from $4,000 to $20,000, based on the accessibility of the data.

Councilors did not approve the extra $5,000 the finance department requested in case the work exceeded the projected range.

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