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Santa Cruz County investigates missing funds [Video]

Officials in Santa Cruz County and the FBI are investigating where $4.1 million of unaccounted funds have gone.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Ariz — Officials in Santa Cruz County and the FBI are investigating how millions of dollars disappeared from a county bank account that provides funding to several school and fire districts.

During a meeting Monday, school and fire district leaders learned $4.1 million was unaccounted for, according to Sonoita Elgin Fire District Chief Marc Meredith. 

“The idea that somehow, money that was supposed to be used for public services may have been sent somewhere else for somebody’s personal gain is very troubling,” Meredith said. 

The account being scrutinized was overseen by the Santa Cruz County Treasurer’s Office. Former Treasurer Elizabeth Gutfahr resigned on April 12 citing health and personal reasons. 

The Patagonia Regional Times reported Chase Bank warned county officials about multiple suspicious transactions days before Gutfahr’s resignation. The FBI searched Gutfahr’s home on April 16 — she has not been charged or arrested. 

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