Kathleen McGuiness, Delaware's state auditor accused, of nepotism, fraud, witness intimidation
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A Delaware official has been indicted by a grand jury for offenses that the state AG said represented a "clear and disturbing pattern of behavior."
Kathleen McGuiness WILMINGTON, Delaware -- Delaware's state auditor, who is responsible for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse, was indicted Monday on public corruption charges.An indictment issued by a New Castle County grand jury charges Kathleen McGuiness, 58, with felony counts of theft and witness intimidation, and misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, conflict of interest and noncompliance with state procurement laws.Prosecutors said the charges include allegations that McGuiness hired her daughter and one of her daughter's friends, both high school seniors at the time, as temporary employees in May 2020, even though other temporary employees had to leave their positions because of the lack of available work amid the coronavirus pandemic.Authorities said Elizabeth McGuiness, who has not been charged, continued to be paid even after enrolling at a college in South Carolina last August, and that she was still listed as an employee as recently as Aug. 28 of this year. She was initially listed as a "public information officer" and later as an "intern."Payments to McGuiness' daughter totaling $19,000 were deposited into a bank account for which McGuiness is a listed owner. The daughter's friend was paid more than $7,700."As millions of Americans, including her own employees, lost their jobs, the auditor, whose job is to protect your tax dollars from abuse, used her power to hire her daughter, no…