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Small town city clerk pleads guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars


This news story was published on January 19, 2016.
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investigateCEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who used her position as the city clerk for the City of Garwin, Iowa to steal public funds pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Anna Leytham from Garwin, Iowa, was convicted of Theft Concerning a Program Receiving Public Funds.

In a plea agreement, Leytham admitted that she held a position of public trust as the city clerk and that her position of trust contributed significantly to the commission and concealment of her crime. By using city funds to pay her personal credit cards or by causing the city to issue her unauthorized checks, Leytham admitted to stealing at least $70,000 from January 2001 to October 2013.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Leytham remains free on bond previously set. She faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment; a fine equal to the greater of twice the gross gain to defendant resulting from the offense, twice the gross loss resulting from the offense, or $250,000; $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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

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    January 20, 2016 at 3:49 am

    and yet another one, how do these clerks think they are gunna get away with it. being a clerk they must know a little something about bookkeeping