CASEY, Iowa -- The former Casey City Clerk is facing federal charges after the US Department of Justice says she torched city hall to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in theft.
The case was investigated by the FBI; The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the State Fire Marshall's Division; and several other agencies. But it all started with one woman.
Casey hairstylist Judi Zimmerline proves you can take on city hall and win. For years, she had been trying to get the books audited in town, but she says city hall fought her the whole time, even after she got a petition signed in 2013. Finally, just as the state was about to audit the city in August of 2014, city hall burned to the ground, and along with it years of financial records.
Now, the US Department of Justice is handing up an indictment accusing former City Clerk Dorothy Dillinger of stealing about $300,000 over six years, then torching city hall to cover her crimes. Zimmerline has mixed feelings.
"Sad because there are no winners," Zimmerline said. "But happy that this much is over with."
Dillinger is scheduled to appear in federal court Nov. 30. Last year she issued a written statement apologizing for her actions.