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Investigator: Missing checks left on city employees desk for months

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A city mayor has been cleared of wrongdoing.

On Monday, Attorney Brendon Basiga announced he found no evidence of unethical conduct from Flint’s Mayor Karen Weaver. Basiga is an immigration attorney who was hired by Chief Legal Officer Stacey Erwin Oakes to investigate the accusations of missing funds.

The investigation involved several checks sent to the mayor's office that were made out to the city of Flint to aid in the water crisis. Flint’s former City Administrator Nasthasa Henderson claimed the mayor was telling staff to direct those donations to her own personal funds.

During his investigation, Basiga said he spoke with Maxine Murray, a city employee who said she reported several checks were sent to the mayor's office made out to the city. The mayor told her to contact the finance department with questions on what to do with the donations. The finance department then told Murray to turn over the checks so they could be returned to those who sent them. 

Murray left those checks on her desk and "forgot about them," Basiga said. 

Henderson filed the lawsuit on May 9 claiming she was fired from her position after asking the city attorney’s office to investigate the claims against Weaver. During the investigation, Weaver told Basiga that Henderson was fired because she knew of the legionnaires problem and failed to act upon it. 

“I am so glad the independent investigation is complete and clears me and my staff of any wrongdoing regarding donations sent to the City of Flint,” commented Mayor Weaver. “As I said before, I thought it was absolutely awful to have allegations made like that especially while the city is going through this kind of crisis and in need of financial resources and financial support. To put that kind of cloud over us is really, really sad.”

Oakes said one of the checks made out to the city was worth $4,000. 

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