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How we did the reporting to expose Greg Smith’s handling of county invoices

The Enterprise’s investigation into missing reimbursements to Malheur County started with an email in early April.

The newspaper asked Lorinda DuBois, the county’s administrative officer, whether the county was still receiving $4,000 a month to cover certain costs related to the planned rail shipping center in Nyssa that will serve the onion industry.

No, she said.

That puzzled us.

The county last year billed the Malheur County Development Corp. a total of $12,000 – some of the expense of contracting with Gregory Smith & Co. for project management services.

That one email exchange with DuBois triggered reporting that discovered Malheur County and its taxpayers have been shorted about $50,000 – and counting. The trail led to Greg Smith, a state legislator from Heppner and the director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department.

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