Eight Lyon County Employees Charged After Sheriff Says They Sold Scrap Iron Belonging To County
Date posted - July 20, 2012
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that accused of selling the iron and splitting the proceeds are 59-year-old Michael Lambert Modder of George, 53-year-old Gerald Grave Jr. of George, 55-year-old Robert Henry Gruis of George and 58-year-old Rickie Dale Denekas of George. Nonfelonious Misconduct In Office, which is a serious misdemeanor.
Authorities allege that 61-year-old Gary Lee Vogel and 45-year-old Steven Dale Ageson, both of Rock Rapids knew about and/or allowed the proceeds from the sale of scrap iron to be used for other purposes rather then depositing it as county revenue.
They say 53-year-old Lorna Jane VanMaanen of Inwood is accused of failing to report cash income as County Revenue.
The Sheriff’s Office also reports that 51-year-old Todd Arthur Huisman of Rock Rapids has been charged with Nonfelonious Misconduct in office for selling scrap iron and not turning the proceeds in to the County Auditor as revenue. He is also charged with one count of Misappropriation of Property (that’s theft in the second degree) which is a class D Felony. This charge was filed, alleging that Huisman received over $9000 from the sale of scrap iron, used batteries and aluminum signs which belonged to the county.
In a separate investigation conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, 58-year-old former Lyon County Engineer Jeffrey Mark Williams of Rock Rapids has been charged with three counts of Nonfelonious Misconduct in Office for receiving training and equipment from Lyon County to preform septic tank inspections which he then conducted as a private business. He was also charged with Theft 2nd Degree, a class D Felony, for receiving proceeds exceeding $1000 in that business which should have been county revenue.
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