Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, February 25, 2010
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Point of Contact: Jeff Uhlmeyer, DCI

Fort Madison, IOWA --- Jennifer L. Leggett, age 26, of Niota, Illinois, has been charged with the crimes of Theft in the Second Degree and Felonious Misconduct in Office, stemming from her employment with the Iowa Department of Corrections. Both crimes are class "D" felonies. Leggett was a correctional officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, Iowa. In addition to her employment with the State of Iowa, Leggett was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to a detachment of the 801st Combat Support Hospital out of Bartonville, IL.

According to a complaint and affidavit filed in Lee County on February 24, 2010, in late 2009, DOC officials became concerned with some of the military leave that had been taken by Jennifer Leggett. After an internal investigation by DOC officials, Leggett resigned from her position on January 14, 2010. The Department of Corrections requested that a criminal investigation be conducted by the DCI.

The criminal investigation discovered that Jennifer Leggett had submitted applications for military leave on two separate occasions when she had no military duty or training to attend. In addition, Leggett had attached fraudulent military orders to her applications for military leave. These fraudulent military orders were originally U.S. Air Force documents that had been altered to appear to be U.S. Army orders for Jennifer Leggett. As a result of the military leave taken by Jennifer Leggett when no military duty existed, the State of Iowa compensated her for 11 days of military leave.

The investigation into this matter was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with the assistance of the Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa Attorney General's Office, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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