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Ex-city clerk gets probation, home confinement for fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A former city clerk in southwestern Iowa has been sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home confinement for stealing thousands of dollars from the city.

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Carol Jennings also was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $77,000 in restitution.

Jennings was clerk of Riverton. Her indictment says Jennings opened two accounts with a local bank using falsified documents and deposited city funds into the accounts. Prosecutors say she then converted most of the money for her own use.

She’d pleaded guilty in November to bank fraud.

An audit of Riverton’s financial records in 2016 showed nearly $331,000 in improper or unsupported spending and undeposited collections. The audit was conducted after Jennings was fired in 2015.

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