Magazine article American Libraries

Ann Arbor PL Sues Accountants

Magazine article American Libraries

Ann Arbor PL Sues Accountants

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The Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library filed a lawsuit June 28 against Plante and Moran, the accounting firm that it claims was responsible for a $1-million deficit confirmed this year (AL, May, p. 25).

The firm's former employee, Don Dely, who later became the library's finance director, was arrested June 19 on three felony counts of embezzlement as a public official for allegedly paying off his son's car, buying a car engine, and paying his property taxes with library checks. He was released on personal recognizance pending a preliminary hearing.

City police records show that Dely also racked up some $35,000 in unauthorized charges on the library's debit card and arranged to pay himself a $4,800 bonus, according to the July 2 Ann Arbor News. He did pay back the latter amount after library officials discovered the ruse and threatened to press charges.

Library Board President Richard Dougherty said Plante and Moran "failed to live up to the terms of their agreement by putting into our midst someone not up to the demand," the paper reported June 29. …

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