IOWA -- A former city clerk who stole more than $60,000 dollars from the communities she worked for has avoided prison time.
Renee Van Gundy pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft. Van Gundy spent money from Yale and Bayard at retail stores and restaurants, along with paying off personal bills.
Counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and forgery were dismissed in the plea deal.
Van Gundy received a 20-year suspended prison sentence and five years of probation. She must also pay fines and restitution.