Lawsuit Accuses O.C. Watchdog of Misusing Taxpayer Dollars

The person responsible for monitoring the appropriate use of taxpayer dollars in Orange County now stands accused of misusing public funds by having government employees chaperone his kids during business hours.

Tonette (Toni) Smart, former director of the auditor-controller’s internal audit division, filed a lawsuit against Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery and the Board of Supervisors Monday claiming she was suspended and later fired for reporting wrongdoing on the part of Woolery. Her lawsuit claims that he had government workers babysit his children and drive them to and from school and dance classes. She also accuses Woolery of leaking a confidential report to Voice of OC last year about security gaps in the county’s computer system.

“Unfortunately, the law does not allow for me to say why Ms. Smart was fired. Only Ms. Smart has the power to waive her right of confidentiality so the entire termination file can be disclosed,” Woolery said. He called the lawsuit a “media stunt” and said he looks forward to litigating it in court.

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