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Former City of Garwin Clerk Pleads Guilty To Theft of City Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A woman who used her position as the city clerk for the City of Garwin to steal public funds pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Anna Leytham from Garwin, Iowa, was convicted of Theft Concerning a Program Receiving Public Funds. 

In a plea agreement, Leytham admitted that she held a position of public trust as the city clerk and that her position of trust contributed significantly to the commission and concealment of her crime.  By using city funds to pay her personal credit cards or by causing the city to issue her unauthorized checks, Leytham admitted to stealing at least $70,000 from January 2001 to October 2013.   

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Leytham remains free on bond previously set.  She faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment; a fine equal to the greater of twice the gross gain to defendant resulting from the offense, twice the gross loss resulting from the offense, or $250,000; $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacob Schunk and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at 

The case file number is 16-CR-7.

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Updated January 20, 2016

Public Corruption