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Police: Ex-Food Bank of Iowa Employee Embezzled $35,000

Lauren Phillips (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A former Food Bank of Iowa employee has been arrested after police say she embezzled $35,000 from the non-profit organization.

Thirty-one-year-old Lauren Phillips turned herself in to authorities Thursday.

Phillips is facing two counts each of first degree theft, first degree fraudulent practices, forgery, and identity theft over $1,000. Police say she worked in the accounts department at the food bank for about a year.

She is being held in the Polk County Jail on a bond of $60,000.

The Food Bank of Iowa provides food to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools and other organizations in 55 Iowa counties.