Audit: Township Clerk Mismanaged Money

GRANGE TOWNSHIP, Iowa (AP) — The state auditor has found more than $60,000 in improper or unsupported payments in the tiny western Iowa community of Grange Township, and a report links the former clerk to mismanaged money.

Auditor Mary Mosiman's report released Tuesday details improper payments to Peggy Powell, the township's clerk from 2006 through the end of 2013. She resigned in November.

The report shows more than $35,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees, some of which came from casino ATMs. Such transactions were not necessary for a township that only pays for fire protection costs by check. There was also more than $13,000 of payments issued to Powell and her husband.

A public number for Powell was not listed. In her resignation letter, she says that she hopes to repay what she owes.
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