Journal Times' reporter Christine Won deserves props today for her investigative work out in Caledonia. Won spent a week uncovering a seemingly sketchy payment system designed to help a Caledonia officer avoid paying taxes.
Won reports the officer worked on Caledonia squad cars and was paid about $4,900 for his services. The checks were written out to the officer's wife and infant child, reportedly so the officer didn't have to report the checks as income.
Police Chief Jeffrey Meier is taking responsibility for the checks, and an attorney for the village said it may not be illegal to have checks issued to family members. But the system seems a little too clever for the public's good. Here's hoping Won continues to dig, and Caledonia officials take a closer look, too.