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Former Masonville, IA city clerk pleads guilty to fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman, formerly the city clerk for Masonville, Iowa, who defrauded the city of more than $30,000, pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Christine Anne King, 42, from Strawberry Point, Iowa, was convicted of one count of mail fraud.

In a plea agreement, King admitted that, from July 2002 through October 2011, while working as the city clerk for the city of Masonville, she routinely issued herself fraudulent payroll and expense reimbursement checks. King further admitted she included fraudulently inflated bank account balances for the city’s bank accounts on reports King provided to the city council and to the Auditor for the State of Iowa in order to prevent anyone from discovering her fraud.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. King remains free on conditions of release previously set pending sentencing. King faces a possible maximum sentence of twenty years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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