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Dewitt Woman Sentenced to 20 Months in Federal Prison for Theft of Federal Funds

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Dewitt woman was sentenced on Monday, June 17, 2024, to 20 months in federal prison, for theft of funds from an organization receiving federal funds. 

According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Mindy L. Chapman, 56, is the former director of a local daycare provider and held that position for approximately 20 years. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement uncovered evidence that, over the course of several years as the daycare’s director, Chapman made personal purchases with the daycare’s credit cards, transferred daycare funds to pay personal credit card bills, and increased her salary significantly. As part of her sentence, Chapman was ordered to pay $296,801.50 in restitution.

After completing her term of imprisonment, Chapman will be required to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the DeWitt Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer 

Updated June 24, 2024

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