A Livingston County judge has ordered an audit in connection with alleged discrepancies surrounding the finances of an incapacitated man whose conservator son is running for Livingston County sheriff. Probate Court Judge Carole Hackett Garagiola ordered the forensic audit at a recent hearing based on a request by the attorney for the father of Thomas Ash.
Ash is running for Livingston County sheriff on the August Republican primary ballot against incumbent Sheriff Bob Bezotte and another challenger, retired state police Lt. C.J. Maier. Howell lawyer Alexander Garthoff is the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Ash’s father, Ricki Ash, who suffered a brain injury in a 1997 car accident.
The audit is being performed in connection with a discrepancy of over $58,000 in financial statements filed by Ash through his accountant, as required. Garthoff has stated he found discrepancies in the financial statements for Ricki Ash signed by Thomas Ash in three consecutive annual accounting statements. Ash rejects any supposition that he might have misappropriated his father’s funds; he told WHMI today the question merely involves the method by which he reports income and debts for an Iowa farm the family owns.
Results of the independent audit will be released at a July 10 hearing in probate court.
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