Another Iowa soil district reports possible misuse of funds

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NEWTON, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities have launched another investigation into the suspected misuse of public money by an employee at an Iowa soil and water conservation district.

The latest case involves the Jasper County district in Newton.

A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship tells The Associated Press the agency was notified May 25 about concerns involving a district employee's use of funding, which were discovered during an audit of the district's financial records.

State Auditor Mary Mosiman and law enforcement officials are now looking into the case.

A similar audit and criminal investigation have been going on for months into an employee who allegedly misused funds while working as an assistant in the soil districts based in Black Hawk and Bremer counties.

A 2014 audit found that an employee in the Mahaska County district embezzled $280,000.