A financial audit of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council identified mismanagement of checkoff funds, not fraud. One point of contention was the use of an advertising agency led by the husband of former legislative director Teddi Mueller. This is a violation of state law. The audit said Mueller authorized the payments, but former South Dakota Corn Executive Director Lisa Richardson oversaw the financial records. Mueller and Richardson were suspended in July of last year and later resigned. New guidelines have been recommended to the checkoff’s board.
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