Officials Arrest 2 in Large-Scale Theft Ring

NEVADA, Iowa - Officials say they have uncovered a large-scale theft and money-laundering operation involving a former Iowa Department of Transportation employee and another man.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 56-year-old David Weigel, of Nevada, Iowa, and 59-year-old Grady Marx, of Sioux City, were arrested Saturday after state, local and federal authorities executed search warrants in three counties in central and western Iowa.

Weigel, who worked for the Transportation Department from 1995 to 2011, and Marx are charged in warrants with theft, conspiracy to commit theft, money laundering and criminal conduct. Weigel is also charged with felonious misconduct in office.

Investigators say Weigel sold department land and fraudulently charged for maintenance, keeping nearly $240,000. Marx is accused of collecting nearly as much for mowing and other maintenance he did not perform.
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