Audit of Monarch Fire Protection District books shows no theft or abuse by suspended fire chief

cvu176zvmaab9q0CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) - The Monarch Fire Protection District revealed an 11-page audit report at its board meeting Wednesday night, showing that "there is no evidence of theft abuse or fraud" on the part of Fire Chief Wayne C. Marsonette.

The board ordered the audit after the St. Louis County Prosecutors Office charged Marsonette with theft after he allegedly scammed his former employer.

The audit, conducted by Rubin Brown, reviewed 172 transactions totaling nearly $55,000, incurred by Marsonette between January 2014 through July of 2016.

It "was able to substantiate the nature and business purpose of expenses incurred or reimbursed to Marsonette".

Rick Gans, Director with the Monarch Fire District and president of the board, said he was pleased with the findings but said Marsonette will remain on unpaid suspension as his case with his former employer makes its way through court.

"He would have to be exonerated or the charges would have to be dropped," Gans said.