Former Masonville clerk to serve more than a year in federal prison

By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette

MASONVILLE, Iowa - A former Masonville city clerk was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison Monday for defrauding the city of over $80,000.

Christine King, 42, of Strawberry Point, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud May 5. In a plea agreement, King admitted while working as the city clerk from July 2002 through October 2011 she routinely issued herself fraudulent payroll and expense reimbursement checks. She also admitted to inflating city bank account balances on reports she provided to the City Council and to the Auditor for the State of Iowa in order to conceal her fraud.

During Monday's sentencing, the court determined King had defrauded Masonville of $81,524. King also agreed she was responsible for an $11,071 bill from the Iowa State Auditor to Masonville for an audit after King’s fraud was discovered.

According to the indictment, King also prepared a yearly financial report for the city and one for the state auditor, as part of her job, and the fraudulent 2009 and 2010 financial reports were sent to the auditor.

King will serve 21 months in federal prison and was ordered to make $82,595 in restitution to Masonville and $10,000 in restitution to an insurance company. She also must serve a three-year term of supervised release.

King was released on conditions previously set and is to surrender Aug. 4 to the United States Marshal.

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