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I-Team Waste Watch: Local sheriff allegedly overspending

Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 |
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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A local sheriff has admitted to overspending on clothing, and charging the suit to taxpayers.

Now, Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler is trying to explain his pricey purchases.

Van Buren County Commissioners are looking into some purchases of mens suits made by Sheriff Gribler within the last two to three months on a county credit card.

The main reason the I-Team has been told this is being investigated was because the Sheriff allegedly spent more than double what was budgeted for his clothing allowance.

The I-Team learned that an attorney hired by taxpayers will make a recommendation to the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners on how to proceed on the issue.

Sheriff Gribler wouldn't comment on-camera, but did say over the phone that he spent $1,100 on mens suits recently when his budget was only $500 for the clothing.

He told us he overspent because he hadn't spent any money on clothing the past couple of years.

However, those within county government think the situation is so serious that all of the credit cards used by people in the department--six to eight of them--have been canceled, and that expenses now have to go through a different process.

One county commissioner agreed with Sheriff Gribler's statement that he's more concerned about the department going overbudget across the board, but that elected leader also said the Sheriff didn't do the right thing if he did overspend.

The County Clerk told Newschannel 3 that she found an irregularity and turned it over to the county board to look into. She told us she hopes in the future there will be greater controls and oversight of taxpayer money.

As always, the I-Team will keep you posted of new developments in the case as they come out.
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