Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said his office’s review of a critical audit of the downtown parking garage wrap project for potential criminal charges continues.
The project, then known as Hitcents Park Plaza, was embroiled in a series of legal battles last year that surfaced when contractors filed liens against the project saying then-developer Mills Family Realty had not paid them for work on the project.
Last summer, then-state Auditor Adam Edelen announced his office would review the project. An audit released in December found the project was plagued by mismanagement, overspending, questionable spending, confusing and contradictory agreements and a lack of oversight by government officials. The audit determined there was overspending on the project of $9.7 million, resulting in a $4.5 million deficit.
Edelen did not refer the results of his audit to law enforcement.
Shortly after the audit was released, Cohron announced his office would review the audit.
“We are still reviewing the allegations,” Cohron said last week. “We are still in the process of gathering information.”
Cohron said he could not provide more details of the review or a timetable for completion.
“When the investigation is finalized, we will make a determination then,” he said.
The auditor’s office this month billed the county and city governments $50,000 each for the audit.
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