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Audits reveal misused funds in Sesser

SESSER, IL (KFVS) -

City leaders in Sesser, Illinois say they uncovered nearly a million dollars of mismanaged funds over the course of the last seven years.Audits revealed dozens of oversights that put the city in major debt.

Sesser Mayor Jason Ashmore says tens of thousands of dollars were dumped into the Opera House Cafe, a city ran business.

"One of our biggest mismanagement of funds that we found was the TIF fund, which is to better the community in certain areas," Ashmore said. "They used it to run a city owned cafe, which is not a TIF eligible expense."

He says they've already cut thousands of dollars of wasteful spending.

At this time, no criminal charges have been made.

The paperwork is being reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office.

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