Prosecution sought over councilwoman’s recording

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The head of Indiana’s State Board of Accounts says he wants an Evansville city councilwoman prosecuted for releasing an audio recording she secretly made of a meeting with state auditors.

Democratic Councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley released on Monday the recording from a March conference between city officials and auditors reviewing city finances. She says the public should know about the “failure” of Republican Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s administration to balance the city’s payroll account.

State Examiner Paul Joyce tells the Evansville Courier & Press that such conferences with auditors are supposed to be confidential as changes could be made before the final audit report is released.

State law says a public official found to have interfered with a state auditor must give up that position.

Brinkerhoff-Riley says she broke no laws. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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