DE State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness

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Delaware auditor gets probation, fine for misconduct

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's state auditor Kathleen McGuiness has been sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and complete 500 hours of community service. As auditor, McGuiness is responsible for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse. She was convicted of misdemeanor official misconduct and conflict of interest, after her daughter was hired as a part-time worker in her office. She's the first […]

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Judge upholds two of Delaware auditor’s three convictions

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has upheld two jury convictions against Delaware's Democratic state auditor for official misconduct and conflict of interest but tossed a third misdemeanor conviction for improperly structuring contract payments to a consulting firm. In issuing his decision Tuesday, the judge rejected Kathy McGuiness' request for a new trial. The judge is now expected to schedule a sentencing date on the charges which carry a presumptive […]

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Incumbent auditor trails primary challenger in fundraising

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's incumbent state auditor has raised only about half as much in campaign contributions this year as her Democratic primary challenger. Auditor Kathy McGuiness this week reported raising just over $24,000 since January. Challenger Lydia York, who has the Delaware Democratic Party endorsement, reported raising more than $47,000. She loaned her campaign more than $10,000. The winner of the Sept. 13 primary will face Republican Janice […]

today08/18/2022 27

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Judge upholds auditor effort to subpoena Medicaid records

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has denied a motion by Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services to quash a subpoena from the state auditor's office seeking information regarding eligibility for Medicaid programs. The judge on Wednesday rejected the notion that Auditor Kathleen McGuiness does not have the authority under Delaware law to conduct performance audits of state agencies such as the Division of Medicaid and Medical […]

today08/11/2022 28

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DE Senate vote on Auditor criticized as “political theater”

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Senate Democrats have voted to seek to remove Delaware's state auditor from office. Senators voted 13-7 Monday for a resolution to hold a joint session of the legislature regarding the removal of Auditor Kathy McGuiness, a Democrat. The resolution must also be approved by the House, but Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf said he has no plans to call a special session. He criticized the Senate […]

today07/27/2022 27

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Jury begins deliberations in state auditor corruption trial

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the criminal corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. McGuiness is responsible as state auditor for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse. She is being tried on felony counts of theft and witness intimidation, and some misdemeanor charges. Prosecutor Mark Denney said in closing arguments Thursday that McGuiness abused her position in hiring her daughter, structuring payments under a […]

today07/01/2022 36

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Investigator quizzed, prosecutors rest in State Auditor trial

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state's chief investigator endured a withering cross-examination as prosecutors rested their case in the criminal corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. Franklin Robinson was bombarded with questions Tuesday about false and misleading statements he made under oath in a sworn search warrant affidavit and again in testimony before a grand jury. McGuiness is responsible as state auditor for rooting out government fraud, waste […]

today06/29/2022 22

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Chief investigator questioned in auditor corruption trial

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The chief investigator in the corruption case against Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness tried under cross-examination to deflect responsibility for false statements made in a search warrant affidavit and reiterated in an indictment. Franklin Robinson told a judge in a search warrant affidavit last year that payments to a consultant hired by McGuiness were split in August 2020, and again in September 2020, to keep them […]

today06/28/2022 36

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Defense says auditor not to blame for contract payments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Evidence in the corruption trial of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness suggests that McGuiness expected an employee to handle a controversial contractor payment that is at the heart of the criminal case. But the defense said Friday that McGuiness had no way of knowing the employee tasked with handling such payments wouldn't be available. That's because she decided to quit while on vacation. McGuiness is being tried […]

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