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Police say Iowa City woman stole $141,000 from employer

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette –

Over a two-year period, Kimberly Kate Kurka is accused of stealing more than $141,000 from her Iowa City employer by writing herself additional paychecks, stealing cash payments from clients and other financial misappropriations.

Kurka, 35, was arrested late last week on suspicion of felony first-degree theft after Iowa City police developed evidence that she misappropriated funds from her employer between 2008 and 2010, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint does not name Kurka’s former employer, but it lists the crime scene address as 720 S. Dubuque St. Ste. 1. Public records show the Foster Law Office in Iowa City as having that address.

Kurka, according to the complaint, was in charge of managing payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and other business related to the trust and operating accounts while working at the victimized employer.

She had access to passwords and online accounts, and she’s accused in the complaint of misappropriating money through various financial instruments, including check and money transfers from operating and trust accounts, credit cards and cash payments from clients.

Some of Kurka’s alleged criminal behavior includes writing herself additional paychecks, inflating her payroll, converting credit card access checks to funds for the operating account, and stealing client cash payments, according to the compliant.

A forensic fraud examiner reviewed the case and found that the alleged crimes started no later than 2008, police reported.

Kurka is being held at the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond

On at least two online business listings, Kurka is listed as vice president of the Foster Law Office. But Davis Foster, owner of the law office, said there are no formal officers and he is the only owner of the law firm.

Foster said Kurka has not worked at his office for more than a year.

The criminal complaint did not list an address for Kurka, but public records show she lives in Oxford.

According to online court records, Kurka has a long criminal history in Iowa of mostly driving and financial violations.

Kurka has been listed in state documents as at least part owner of Herky’s Hut, a bar in Oxford. When contacted by The Gazette, a representative with Herky’s Hut declined to comment for this story.

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