EVANSVILLE — Twelve felony charges were filed against former Evansville Parks and Recreation Director Brian Holtz Monday morning.
According to court records, Holtz faces one count of fraud on a financial institution; one count of official misconduct where the defendant is a public servant; two counts of forgery with the intent to defraud; and eight counts of counterfeiting.
Holtz has denied any wrongdoing.
Here is what we know about the situation so far.
What prompted Holtz's resignation?
In June 2021, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said Holtz resigned amid an Evansville Police Department investigation into seven department invoices the city called "out of the ordinary."
The probable cause affidavit filed Monday morning clarifies that the investigation was triggered by an invoice on Deig Brothers Construction letterhead sent to the controller's office June 8, 2021.
The invoice was for $4,000 to install tile drainage pipe and reconnect line at Helfrich Golf Course. Deig Bros. reportedly did not do that work.
In July, Winnecke said he had accepted Holtz's resignation. Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer would assume management oversight until a new director was selected.
When asked to clarify if the resignation was requested by Winnecke, the mayor's director of communications Noah Stubbs stated at the time the office would like to keep the characterization the same as stated during the news conference — that it had been "accepted."
What made the invoices stand out?
Deig Brothers Construction
According to the affidavit, Deig Bros. reached out to the controller's office and informed them the invoice was altered. They did not deposit the check.
Two weeks later, Deig Bros. discovered another check for $4,925 that the local construction company had no record of billing the city for or of completing the work. They also reported this to the city.
In October 2019, Holtz allegedly requested approval to resurface basketball and tennis courts in three city parks at a total of $7,131. He instead asked Deig Bros. to retrofit lighting at the CK Newsome Center for $7,031. Deig Bros. did complete that project.
Holtz allegedly altered the invoice sent from Deig Bros. for the CK Newsome Center work to match the request for resurfacing of the courts, the affidavit states.
Southwest Grafix Sweatshirts
The affidavit alleges in November 2020 that Holtz instructed the parks program director to order sweatshirts for the company Christmas party. Sweatshirts were ordered from Southwest Grafix for $325.80.
Holtz allegedly submitted a generic template invoice, with the Southwest Grafix logo, for replacement golf course tee box signs at Fendrich Golf Course to cover the sweatshirts total.
During the investigation, EPD showed Southwest Grafix the invoice. The company reportedly said no golf course signs were made for the city and it was not the company's invoice.
Republic Services trash cans
In March 2021, Holtz allegedly ordered 725 trash totes with the parks department logo from Republic Services for a total of $38,000,
When the investigation began in July 2021, the totes had been delivered, but Republic had not been paid.
According to the affidavit, a search of Holtz's city network computer folder located a Word document with the generic purchase order. Republic Services did confirm this order was completed and the city has since paid the $38,000.
Deaconess Aquatic Center
The affidavit states multiple invoices were found related to the payment of construction services for the Deaconess Aquatic Center.
This includes invoices for work done by Garmong Construction, the projects general contractor, as well as Fulton Tile and Stone.
EPD alleges Holtz altered a document from Fulton Tile and Stone by taping a small piece of paper over the actual requested amount that had a newly typed total in a different font.
The affidavit alleges Holtz submitted a general template invoice from D-Patrick for $31,324 to the Evansville Parks Foundation for mowing equipment.
EPD detectives later found a sales contract signed by Brian Holtz for a Ford cargo van matching that amount. D-Patrick confirmed the sale of the van, but the vehicle was never registered with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles beyond the temporary tag.
In July 2021, Holtz allegedly told a city golf course employee he would get a $1,000 bonus.
The affidavit states Holtz created a invoices for $1,000 for "Skate Park Reimbursement" and sent it to the Evansville Parks Foundation with the instruction to pay it from the money budgeted for the planned skate park on the Evansville riverfront.
The skate park is still in planning phases and no construction work has been done.
The bonus was not paid.
Counts of forgery
According to the affidavit, Holtz signed the names of multiple Board of Parks Commissioners on documents without their knowledge.
This included lease agreements and the agreement for the YMCA to run daily operations at the Deaconess Aquatic Center prior to its approval by the commissioners.
Count of fraud on a financial institution
The affidavit states Holtz signed, in person at Old National Bank, for a $268,142.50 short-term loan for construction of Mickey's Kingdom in 2018.
The Parks Foundation paid for the loan, which incurred over $14,000 in late fees, according to the affidavit.
During the EPD investigation, members of the parks board said they had never authorized the loan, and neither they nor the city were aware of it until documents were found by EPD.
Is money missing?
According to an email Mayor Lloyd Winnecke sent to Evansville City Council members Monday morning, police have found no evidence of stolen money.
"Although the Finance Department conservatively calculates the City of Evansville’s financial loss due to these crimes is $364,400.74," the email states. "This includes such things as attorney fees, State Board of Accounts fee for investigation, interest paid on an unauthorized loan, unbudgeted/unplanned purchases, etc."
Holtz, via his attorney Mark Foster, remains adamant there is no money missing from parks department funds.
The Indiana State Board of Accounts is currently in the process of an audit after being alerted as a part of the city's internal controls process.
Where is the audit?
The Indiana State Board of Accounts came into town a week after Holtz's resignation.
According to the affidavit released Monday, the SBOA special investigator is concluding the examination and has found "Holtz to be solely responsible for the alteration of the invoices and contracts."
The SBOA has still not released a report of its final finding.
The Courier & Press was last told the report could be expected sometime between March and April after the investigation was extended, according to SBOA chief of staff Jennifer Gauger.
It was confirmed a draft version of the report was under review by a supervisor in February.
On Monday, Foster confirmed he had not seen any report from the SBOA.
This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Evansville parks: Evansville police investigation into Brian Holtz