Former City Clerk charged with theft

Howard County Attorney Joe Haskovec issued a statement saying that on June 27, 2011, Larry Dean Gates, 60, Lime Springs, Iowa was charged in Howard County District Court with one count of Theft in the First Degree, a Class C felony; one count of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D felony; one count of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misde-meanor; and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor. All of the charges stem from Gates’ former employment as Clerk for the City of Lime Springs, Iowa.

Gates has been ordered to appear for arraignment in Howard County District Court on Monday, July 11, 2011.

At a November 12, 2009 Special Meeting, City Attorney Kevin Schoeberl advised the council to suspend Gates with pay. Gates was ultimately formally removed from office on August 3, 2010, when he was no longer on the payroll. He was Lime Springs City Clerk since 1997.

Hacker-Nelson was retained for the initial auditing of the books in November 2009.

Witnesses for the prosection are Mike Krapfl of DCI (Department of Criminal Investigations); Walter McIntosh, Mayor of Lime Springs during the dates in which Gates is charged; a Hacker-Nelson representative; and Jill Johnson,

who was appointed Temporary City Clerk on November 3, 2009.

The specific charges are as follows:

Count 1—Theft in the First Degree (punishable by up to 10 years in prison)—The Defendant, beginning on or about the sixth day of July 2006 and continuing through the 21st day of May 2009, in Howard County did take possession or control of the property of another; said property being money belonging to the City of Lime Springs, Iowa in the form of utility payments; the dollar amount exceeding $10,000.

Count 2—Theft in the Second Degree (punishable by up to five years in prison)—The Defendant, beginning in January 2006 and continuing on and through December 2008, in Howard County, did take possession or control of the property of another; said property being money belonging to the City of Lime Springs, Iowa in the form of unauthorized salary; the dollar amount exceeding $5,000.

Count 3—Theft in the Fourth Degree (punishable by up to one year in jail)—The Defendant, beginning on or about the 28th day of April 2008, in Howard County, did take possession or control of the property of another; said property being money belonging to the City of Lime Springs, Iowa in the form of unsubstantiated reimbursement claim; the dollar amount exceeding $200.

Count 4—Theft in the Third Degree (punishable by up to two years in prison)—The Defendant, beginning on or about the first day of October 2008, in Howard County, did take possession or control of the property of another; said property being money belonging to the City of Lime Springs, Iowa in the form of unsubstantiated reimbursement claim; the dollar amount exceeding $500.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Howard County Attorney’s office participated in the investigation.

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