Orange City, Iowa — An arraignment in the case involving the former Boyden City Clerk has been pushed back almost a month.
According to court records, 53-year old Beth Sipma faces charges of 1st Degree Theft following an investigation into improper money disbursements that allegedly took place in Boyden while she was City Clerk.
Online court records say the arraignment, which was to have been Monday, July 25th has been pushed back to Monday, August 22nd.
The charges stem from an investigation that began with the Iowa State Auditor’s Office, following a request from Boyden City officials as a result of concerns regarding payments, made by Sipma, from a City bank account. The results of that investigation were then turned over to law enforcement, whose further investigation reportedly led to the charges against Sipma.
Theft in the 1st Degree is a Class C Felony, and Sipma faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.