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Former State Employee Admits to Stealing Nearly $300,000

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MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa –A former state employee turned herself in to face charges of stealing taxpayer money.

Jessica Strasser was the former secretary for the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District.

An investigation by the State Auditor’s office identified nearly $300,000 in improper disbursements and un-deposited collections over a seven-and-a-half year period. More than $241,000 of that was in the form of cash withdrawn from the district’s accounts.

Documents show Strasser was the person who withdrew the cash.

She is charged with first degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct.

According to the Auditor’s report, Strasser admitted to the improper cash withdrawals and said that she acted alone.

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