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Federal Fraud, Arson Indictment for Former Casey City Clerk

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The former city clerk of Casey has been indicted on several federal charges in relation to fraud and a fire that destroyed a city-owned building.

Dorothy Dillinger is charged with five counts of mail fraud and one count of malicious use of fire. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says Dillinger set fire to the Casey Community Building, which was the home of the City Clerk’s Office on August 19th, 2014.

The building, and all the records it contained, was destroyed in the fire. The fire happened just a day before the State Auditor’s Office was scheduled to conduct an audit into city records – which had been called for by Casey residents.

The mail fraud charges pertain to Dillinger’s use of a city credit card used to purchase personal items.

Dillinger is scheduled to make her initial appearance and arraignment in federal court in Des Moines on November 30th.

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