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Former Ocheyedan City Clerk charged with theft

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Charges of theft were filed earlier this week against a former Ocheyedan, Iowa, city clerk after the Iowa State Auditor's Office concluded an investigation into the allegations.

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Charges of theft were filed earlier this week against a former Ocheyedan, Iowa, city clerk after the Iowa State Auditor's Office concluded an investigation into the allegations.

Stacy Lynn Terrill, 34, of Ocheyedan, was charged Tuesday in Osceola County District Court with second-degree theft, which occurred between April 2004 and November 2005. Terrill had been hired as the city clerk on Jan. 9, 2004.

According to the criminal complaint, Terrill is accused of taking cash belonging to the City of Ocheyedan with a value in excess of $1,000 but less than $10,000.

In November 2005, a local bank contacted the city mayor regarding an overdue balance on the city's credit card. Due to the nature of purchases made on the card, the bank was concerned the card had been stolen. The mayor contacted the mayor-elect, Arlyn Pedley, and copies of the statements were requested.

According to the investigative summary by the auditor's office, Pedley mentioned the bank's call to Terrill the following day, and she informed him she had used the card for personal purposes. A special council session took place Dec. 3, 2005, and Terrill offered her resignation at that time.

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A former city clerk was brought in to fill the position until Terrill could be replaced, and the former clerk compiled a list of concerns identified while reviewing city records. At that time, the state auditor's office was requested to conduct an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, $9,603 of improper disbursements were discovered, which included $6,936 of payments on the city's credit card, $1,819 of unauthorized payroll issued to Terrill and $846 of expense reimbursement.

The credit card charges included $5,299 for cash advances and fees, $1,517 for improper purchases and $299 for finance charges and fees.

The purchases included charges at Wal-Mart, various restaurants, gas stations, reunion.com and Priceline Hotel. The cash advances varied in amounts from $30 to $600.

It was also discovered that Terrill's residential utility bill had been improperly decreased by $116 in July 2005. A payment had not been made on the account in the preceding two months, and the investigation report stated the adjustment appeared to have been made to reduce the outstanding balance.

The total amount Terrill is accused of taking from the city is $9,719.49.

The investigator reported adequate records for receipts were not available to determine whether all city collections were properly deposited.

According to information posted on the Iowa court Web site, Terrill was charged with theft on two occasions in Hardin County, Iowa, in 1998 and 2000. Both of those charges were fifth-degree theft for insufficient fund checks, to which she pleaded guilty.

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Her first appearance in Osceola County is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 8, but may be in the form of a written appearance.

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