Diaz ignores order to hand over documents and cash

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copyright the Chronicle January 4, 2017


by Elizabeth Trail


NEWPORT — Last Friday’s court-imposed deadline has come and gone, and so far Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz hasn’t turned over town documents that the select board and auditor Jeff Graham have been requesting over the past year. Nor has she complied with an order to provide full and complete financial records.

Judge Howard VanBenthuysen gave Ms. Diaz until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30, to deposit any town funds in her possession, to turn over documents, and to start keeping town financial records in accordance with standards laid out in the court order.

Ms. Diaz did deposit $7,433 in checks on Friday, but didn’t furnish any records to explain what the checks were, Mr. Graham said at Monday’s Coventry Select Board meeting. And he said the total doesn’t match financial reports that she handed to the board at the end of the week.

That report showed one $200 check deposited for the week.

None of the funds she deposited had anything to do with the more than $32,000 that Mr. Graham’s forensic audit has so far found to be missing. The missing money was all in cash.

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