A Former Bremer County Jailer Pleads Guilty to Theft

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A former Bremer County jail administrator has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge after prosecutors say he took more than $12,000 in room and board fees collected for housing inmates at the jail in Waverly.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 32-year-old Jeremy Eberhart, of Sumer, pleaded guilty earlier this week to second-degree theft and felonious misconduct in public office.

He had been charged with first-degree theft and felonious misconduct.

A special audit last year identified $12,507 in missing collections of room and board fees. The audit was requested on behalf of the sheriff's office, which was investigating allegations of misappropriation of funds by Eberhart. He was placed on administrative leave in March and fired April.

He faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 29.
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