Update: Judge Upholds 2 Guilty Verdicts Against Del. Auditor McGuiness, Denies New Trial; Candidates React

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Update: Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness authorized attorney Steve Wood to release the following statement: We are gratified that, together, the jury and the Court have now correctly acquitted Kathy McGuiness of three of the five charges that the State brought against her.  The Structuring charge has always been nonsense. We are thankful that the…

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Democrats in Del. House, Senate Initiate Process to Seek Removal of Auditor McGuiness

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Members of the Delaware State House Democratic Caucus are encouraging Governor John Carney to exercise his constitutional obligation to remove State Auditor Kathy McGuiness from office, once the verdict is entered by Superior Court.McGuiness was found guilty of three misdemeanor charges July 1st. She was acquitted of two felony chargesHouse Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach…

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Update: Del. State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Convicted of 3 Charges

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*Additional story update: Delaware State House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear and Majority Whip Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere released this statement Friday following the conviction of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness: “We put our trust in our elected officials – especially those whose responsibility is to serve as a watchdog for the state’s finances – and when…

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Trial of Auditor McGuiness Goes to Jury

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Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness.The Jury in Kent County Superior Court got the case Thursday afternoon.The panel started deliberations and will return today.McGuiness is charged with felony theft, felony intimidation, contract structuring, official misconduct and conflict of interest.

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Del. Auditor Announces Creation Of National Unemployment Insurance Audit Template

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Early in the pandemic, when jobs were lost by the millions and unemployment benefits were enhanced, the door to potential fraud was opened. Now, a group of state auditors, including Delaware’s Kathy McGuiness, want to determine the extent of the problem and develop proposed solutions. McGuiness recently told WGMD News that a national unemployment insurance…

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Del. Senate Goes Back To Session Tue. – Here’s Why

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The Delaware State Senate is set to reconvene next Tuesday to consider a House Concurrent Resolution (HCR42). The House voted along party lines Monday to pass the measure, which seeks State Supreme Court guidance in cases where elected officials face indictments. The Senate had passed a similar resolution (SCR63), but by the time the House…

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Del. Auditor Hosts ARPA Spending Town Hall

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness spoke with several mayors in Dewey Beach in May (photo: WGMD's Alan Henney)
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Delaware’s spending of American Rescue Plan Act funds and how it’s documented and tracked will be detailed tonight (Mon. Oct. 25th) in Georgetown at a town hall meeting hosted by State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. This is the last in a series of town halls announced by McGuiness, before she was indicted on charges related to…

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Update: Auditor McGuiness Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges

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Update, Tuesday morning: Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness turned herself in Tuesday morning in Wilmington, one day after being indicted for a total of five offenses, two of which are felonies. McGuiness pled not guilty to all charges, and arraignment was waived. She was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.A case review is scheduled for October…

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Del. Communities Get 1st Shares Of Rescue Plan Funding

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Dozens of local governments in Delaware now have a share of just less than $44-million in their accounts from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. State Treasurer Colleen Davis’ office was charged by the Federal Government with developing the distribution process, and the first round has been completed. Davis said decisions on how to…

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Auditor: State Should Be Refunded $24.5-M For Prescription Overpayments

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Delaware should be paid back $24.5- million it was overcharged for state employees’ prescription drug plan benefits, according to State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. McGuiness released a special report last week which indicated that the state paid 20-percent more in prescription costs between 2018 and 2020, three times the average inflationary rate for prescription drugs. The…

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Auditor: Del. Prescription Program Overspent By $24.5-M

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Delaware has been overpaying its pharmacy benefits manager for state employees’ prescription drug coverage over a three-year period. The overpayment amounts to $24.5-million taxpayer dollars, according to a special report from State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. “For fiscal years 2018 through 2020, the State of Delaware spent hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drugs for…

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Del. CARES Act Spending Pace Picks Up

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Spending of Delaware’s allocation under the federal CARES Act picked up last week. According to the CARES Act Fund Tracker developed by State Auditor Kathy McGuiness, $12-million were spent last week, $10-million which were spent by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. “The CARES Act resulted in an unprecedented amount of federal funding to our state,”…

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Del. Steps Up Spending Of CARES Act Funds

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Delaware spent $5-million more in federal CARES Act funding last week compared to the previous week, according to the CARES Act Fund Tracker developed by State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. $655.6-million, or nearly 71-percent of the state’s $927-million allocation had been spent. The state has been spending about $11-million a week in CARES Act funds since…

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Report: Del. Has Spent 2/3rds Of CARES Act Funds

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Delaware has spent about 69-percent of $927-million in CARES Act Funding, according to an update from State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. State agencies as of Friday had spent $638.56 million, or an average of about $11-million per week. At least three agencies have spent at least 95-percent of their allocated funds: the Department of Education, the…

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