Pyote Turns To DA For Answers Over Missing Funds 9/3/13
September 3, 2013
Pyote - A small community continues to search for answers as to where thousands of dollars disappeared. The city of Pyote’s mayor says when he came into office one year ago; the city only had 28 dollars in their bank account. After much investigation Mayor Lloyd Collins says all cash paid to the city never made it to the bank and are looking to the DA for answers.
Mayor Collins along with City council members have sent out two letters to the DA and has made numerous calls to his office. They say they have received no contact from him except one brief letter.
“This has been in his hands since March twelfth and I have not heard a word,” said Pyote Mayor Pro Tem Lloyd Collins.
When Collins became mayor last August he quickly began working, going through bank statement after bank statement to figure out why the small town had less than 30 dollars in their account. After hours of creating two years worth of spreadsheets he soon found his problem.
“For a two-year period not one penny of cash went to the bank, that raised my eyebrows,” said Collins.
On average close to ten thousand dollars were misplaced each month, forcing the town to go into debt. “You don’t hide stuff under the carpet, I mean it’s public information and as mayor I have no right to conceal that sort of thing from the community,” said Collins.
So that’s what he did, in July city officials sent a letter to District Attorney Randy Reynolds stating their case. They said the missing money is no different than “if our former appointed officials had snuck into our houses and had taken it directly from the table of each citizen as they slept soundly.”
Just three days later Reynolds responds by saying, “further information was needed and the investigation is ongoing.”
CBS 7 reached out to Reynolds to ask why it has taken almost six months and the city has still not heard from an investigator. Reynolds says they have been very busy and are actively perusing the case and will continue if they believe they can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.
But for the small town of Pyote as they continue to fall more and more into debt, they are becoming desperate and simply just want answers. “Where it goes from here, that’s for the DA to decide. Who took it, that’s for the DA to decide,” said Collins.
In the letter sent to Reynolds the city says all they want is restitution. “The City would be best served for this matter to be resolved swiftly and with as little disruption to the families involved as is possible. We only ask for what was taken to be returned, so that the people of Pyote may have the services that they have paid for with their hard earned money and time.”