Former Orange County sheriff responds to shoddy bookkeeping accusations

Published: Jul. 3, 2023 at 6:32 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The former Orange County sheriff is responding to accusations he left the books in such a mess that financial regulators gave up on trying to figure it out.

Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer says former sheriff Bill Bohnyak left behind a financial mess including inaccurate bookkeeping, questionable use of bank loans and unsound management of assets.

Bohnyak says the accusations don’t paint the full picture, and he says his bookkeepers worked with a CPA and fixed mistakes, and he says the spending in question can be explained.

“During my 16 years as sheriff, I have never missed a payroll and have always made sure our deputies had the necessary equipment they needed to keep safe,” Bohnyak said.

The auditor said it’s unlikely the allegations will result in any civil or criminal charges.

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