Dispute over PPE in Warrick County


WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — A Warrick County official is questioning whether taxpayers are getting the best bang for the buck when it comes to purchasing personal protective equipment for the county.

Auditor Debbie Stevens refused to pay a company recently for a shipment of masks because she could not find an address for the company and she thought it was, in her words, “fly by night.”

However other county officials say they know the person who runs the company, and it is legitimate.
Stevens says since PPE is such a hot commodity, she would rather be hesitant than rush payment to a questionable company.

“Those are items that are very much at risk for fraud and so we raise our level of research and validating and things like that during these times,” Stevens said.

Payment to the company is on hold so the Warrick County Commission can look into the situation and determine if the company should be paid.

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(This story was originally published on May 28, 2020)

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