The former top auditor for the Prince William County government has been accused of stealing more than $30,000.
The victim? A D.C.-based association of auditors.
Robin Howard — who once headed the Prince William office intended to ferret out financial mismanagement — was indicted this week on six counts of embezzlement. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Larry Keller, a former colleague, said that Howard had done “a lot of good” for Prince William and that he found it difficult to believe the charges.
“He knows so much about how you get evidence, internal controls, records,” Keller said. “It seems so unlikely that someone so knowledgeable could expect to get away with that.”
Howard served as director of audit services in Prince William until January 2012. He also served as treasurer and then president of the D.C. chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, an international association that sets standards for people whose job it is to prevent or detect financial fraud.