Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has issued a scathing audit of the City of Brentwood.
From failing to get competitive bids to lax documentation, the report found the city’s business practices are riddled with holes.
Brentwood got a grade of “poor” in the audit, the lowest the state auditor can give.
“We found eight problem areas and 21 issues, which is a lot for a municipality, in fact I’m not sure I can think of one where we had more,” Schweich said. “The whole city needs to tighten up its controls.”
The former city administrator for Brentwood, Mo. is on probation for the next five years, including six months of house arrest, for embezzling about $30,000 from the mid-county municipality.
Christopher A. Seemayer will also have to pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution of $15,383 to the city. He pleaded guilty in June to two counts of federal program theft for taking cash advances on the city of Brentwood credit card to use while gambling at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis. The city, unaware of Seemayer's actions, paid the bills with city funds.