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Evansville City Council Vice President accused of recording confidential meeting

Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley

An Evansville City Council member is under fire, accused of recording a confidential meeting.

According to Evansville City Council President John Friend, city council vice president Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley is suspected of recording and then leaking the city's audit exit review.

According to Friend, the law prohibits the release of that recording until the report is officially released.

Friend tells 14News that a 3rd party e-mailed him and City Council Attorney Scott Danks with an excerpt of that recording.

Friend tells 14News, he hasn't spoken to Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley, but says if it's confirmed that she leaked the recording he says, "Adjustments would have to be made." Friend went on to say that, "trust has been tarnished."

Friend says, "this obviously is regrettable and I hope that it doesn't reflect badly with the state board of accounts, our state examiner. We have relationships we have to maintain going forward. They're our auditors, and there is more to come and I hope that we get through this, and we will get through it and move on."

Friend says if it comes out Riley did do this the council will have to make adjustments accordingly to move forward.

State Board of Accounts officials say they will be pursing prosecution for the recording.

We're told the State Police have been asked to investigate.

14News has reached out to Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley, but has yet to hear back from her.

Statement from the Office of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke:

"Earlier this week, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was notified that a member of City Council present during the exit conference held on March 12, 2014 for the 2012 audit had secretly recorded the meeting and distributed to a third party in violation of state law. The Mayor's office has since notified City Attorney's office and the State Board of Accounts because of the sensitive nature of the audit process. Clearly, this is a breach in the audit process and a violation of trust."

-Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor

 City of Evansville

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