Former Boyden Clerk Charged With Felony Theft

SipmaBoyden, Iowa — The former Boyden City Clerk now faces charges of 1st Degree Theft following an investigation into improper money disbursements that allegedly took place in Boyden while she was City Clerk.

According to online court records, an arrest warrant for 53-year old Beth Sipma was issued Wednesday by Judge Robert J. Dull in connection with the case.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says their deputies served the warrant Thursday, taking Sipma into custody.

Online court records say Sipma made her initial court appearance Thursday, where a Preliminary Hearing was scheduled for 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 7th.

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.

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