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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first day of testimony got under way Wednesday in the trial against Metro Council Member Barbara Shanklin, as sign-in sheets took center stage.
Internal auditor at Metro Government, Ingram Quick, testified that he had no evidence to show that anyone other than Shanklin and her family members attended the ex-offender classes she ran through the city.
Shanklin ran upholstery classes for ex-offenders. She is accused of mis-using funds for the program, and using the money to benefit her, her friends, and family.
Financial advisor at Metro Government, Beth Stenberg, was first to take the stand in the trial. She was questioned about funds allocated to the ex-offender program Shanklin is accused of taking money from.
With $78,000 put towards the program and only $30,000 shown to be spent, Shanklin's attorney questioned the city's bookkeeping.
"If only $30,000 was spent on it according to these documents, then where would the other money have been spent if the money was earmarked for the ex-offender program?"
Stenberg said she "didn't know."
Next on the stand was Ingram Quick. He was one of the first to notice that something wasn't quite right. "Any indications of fraud, abuse, or irregularities of payment, we need to send that to authorities, and it was my call basically that there was further investigation needed," said Quick.
Quick was originally tipped off by sign-in sheets that listed Shanklin and her family members almost exclusively as attendees to the classes for ex-convicts. Each class costing tax payers $700. "These sign in sheets were submitted and maybe one or two people were in this class," said Quick.
Attorney for the charging committee, David Tachau pointed out that Shanklin was the sole person on the sign-in sheet on a government holiday. "Did you ask Councilwoman Shanklin if she really spent a couple hours on the fourth of July as part of the participant in the class?" Quick said he had not looked into that.
The cross examination of Quick was not finished when the committee decided to postpone the rest of questioning for Thursday and move on to the next witness. The trial ended with the questioning of Jim Sniegocki, a private investigator hired by the charging committee to investigate and examine bank records.