City releases findings of investigation on Flint mayor - WNEM TV 5

City releases findings of investigation on Flint mayor

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

An independent investigation failed to find evidence of unethical behavior by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

The investigation was in regards to accusations that Weaver misused money designated to help with the water crisis. However, the report left some questions unanswered.

"I know the allegations were just that, allegations and they weren't true," Weaver said.

She feels vindicated after the investigation discredited the allegations of unethical conduct in her office.

Brendon Basiga, attorney, suggested Weaver did nothing illegal when it came to accepting donations during a fundraiser.

"I was provided bank statements with regards to the Friends of Karen Weaver Fund as well as the Karen for Flint Fund. Neither bank statements indicate any questionable deposits and the donation checks that were made [were] supported by copies of the checks themselves," Basiga said.

It was an email by former city administrator Natasha Henderson that led to the speculation that Weaver was attempting to funnel contributions for the Flint water crisis into a private account.

However, with the validation of her innocence, Weaver said she is moving on.

"I'm glad the investigation has happened and I'm glad it's over," she said.

The legal counsel for the city, Stacy Erwin Oakes, said the money is in the right place.

"There were a total of six checks. Those checks were turned over to the chief financial officer," Oakes said.

That happens to be Jody Lunquist. She is stepping down from her position with the city at the end of the month. Neither she, nor Henderson - who hired Lundquist - would answer TV5's questions.

Meanwhile, as the money trail hits the tracks Oakes has a total dollar amount.

One check was for $4,775. The other checks were for $10, $56, $20 and $100.

City officials said the case is over. However, last month Henderson filed a wrongful termination lawsuit claiming she was fired for blowing the whistle on Weaver regarding the donations. If the lawsuit is unsettled the investigation could be revised.

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