MARTA is working hard to prove it can make changes in governance to build the trust of suburbanites who are resistant to cooperating to establish a true regional transit system. So having your director of audits under indictment for embezzlement – even if the alleged crime does not involve MARTA funds – can’t help the message or image problem right now. Reports Steve Visser from the AJC:
A top MARTA official tasked with helping overhaul the transit authority’s finances and business model has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement.
The victim: the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Institute for Internal Auditors, an association whose members guard their employers against fraud. …
Robin Howard, the assistant general manager for audit at MARTA, served as the president and treasurer of the chapter before coming to MARTA in January 2012, said Kevin Mayeux, the chief operating officer for the Institute of Internal Auditors’ national headquarters.
A Virginia judge issued an arrest warrant for Howard on Tuesday when he did not appear in court, Dixon said. If Howard does not return to Virginia for arrest, authorities will ask Georgia to arrest him, Dixon said.
If I were doing spin for MARTA, I might just have to say that the organization always looks for enterprising go getters that show initiative and chutzpah. After all, I think the epitome of chutzpah is trying to steal money from an association of auditors. Well, either chutzpah or stupidity. And I don’t think MARTA wants to brag about hiring the dumbest people on the face of the earth. Better go with the chutzpah line.