SHAMOKIN - A forensic audit of the city's 2013 finances wouldn't be commissioned unless criminal activity is discovered, a state official told a city police officer Wednesday.

Marita Kelley, policy manager with Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), said an intentional crime would have to be documented in Shamokin's regular annual audit before a forensic version would be sought.

"This year's audit must be completed by the certified public accountant that was hired by the city. That audit should indicate whether or not a forensic audit should be performed," Kelley told Shamokin Cpl. Jarrod Scandle during a public workshop Wednesday at city hall.

"Ordinarily, a forensic audit is conducted when there is intentional criminal activity in an administrative financial matter. Someone has to be charged with a criminal act. That has not occurred," she said.

Scandle and nine fellow police officers signed a letter submitted earlier this month to Police Chief Edward Griffiths asking that a forensic audit be requested through the state attorney general's office.

Griffiths said previously that city residents have asked police officers to look into Shamokin's finances.

Scandle made a public request for a forensic audit during a city council meeting April 14. Mayor William D. Milbrand had replied at the time that the annual audit must first be submitted and reviewed. If anything turns up, he said a forensic audit would be warranted.

The annual audit of Shamokin's finances is expected to be released in June.

Kelley explained Wednesday that a forensic audit would likely be conducted by a state police forensics unit at an estimated cost between $25,000 and $50,000.