Trumbull County, Ohio, prosecutor, Dennis Watkins is counting his pennies and thoroughly researching cleaning products and janitorial supplies prior to purchasing, according to reports from the Tribune Chronicle. This added attention to detail comes after a four-year county purchasing scandal where a group of vendors were indicted for bilking the county out of money by selling products and services at inflated prices. The case is now winding down, but is expected to have grown to between $400,000 and $500,000.

Reports indicate that the former maintenance director, Anthony Delmont, was pocketing the excess cash for his own use. Watkins admits to choosing the wrong man to be in charge of purchasing and expects to appoint a new individual once the investigation is over. In the meantime, Watkins admits that he has become quite the comparative shopper — checking air freshener costs at retail outlets as well as in catalogs supplied by vendors.

It is estimated that the majority of the lost money has been returned to the county, including $60,000 in restitution paid by Delmont, who will be serving a three-year prison term for his crime.

The county’s cost for the supplies that grew to more than $550,000 per year in the late 1990s and early 2000s is now hovering around $80,000.

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