State Audit: IT Employee Defrauded U Of Iowa Hospitals Of $272,000 Over A Decade

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A University of Iowa hospitals IT employee defrauded her employer of more than $272,000 over a decade, according to a 206-page state audit released today.

Jennifer Whitmore-Meier, who worked in the department of orthopedics and rehabilitation, committed most of the financial fraud by using hospital funds to purchase 852 technology items that she sold on eBay for more than $200,000. The items included 288 monitors and 76 Apple Time Capsules, the audit said.

Whitmore-Meier also improperly purchased more than $34,300 worth of iPods, cameras, Xbox games, cleaning supplies, tools, light bulbs and books, the audit found.

Whitmore-Meier carried out the fraud between Dec. 1, 2002 and Jan. 31, 2012, by altering documents, dates and travel details, said David Vaudt, the state auditor. In one instance, she submitted reimbursements for a March 2010 conference in New Orleans. Cell phone records show she was in Hawaii for part of the conference, he said.

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